Psychosocial Support

Jan 21, 2020
Youth from the Jardim Oliveira Camargo community in Indaiatuba / SP have recently designed a new project that aims to support residents who are suffering from depression and other mental and emotional illnesses. Priscila Santos and her longtime friends, Edson Guedes and Taylane Souza, were practically raised together in Jardim Oliveira Camargo. Over the years, the trio have shared many experiences, whether on the streets of the neighborhood, at the local school, or in the Catholic youth group they attend. Despite the warm and welcoming atmosphere of their small neighborhood of about 4,000 residents, the friends found that cases of depression and other emotional problems had increased considerably over time in the community around them, especially among poor younger... Read more
Dec 11, 2019
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. (www.unwomen.org) The "16 Days of Activism" animated video below... Read more
Jul 30, 2019
Nimgbor Wuninyun (center) and his wives Adjoa (left) and N-Munankpor (right), of Tikarni Community in Kpandai District, each understand and appreciate the benefits of participating in the Gender Model Family activity. Photo Credit: Clarissa Heger, Gender and Social Protection Advisor, Global Communities RING As in many parts of the world, traditional gender norms strongly dictate men’s and women’s roles in northern Ghana. By default, men are traditional household heads and much of the decision-making responsibilities rests on their shoulders, while women are the primary caretakers for the family, particularly the children. In rural communities, these norms are more rigid, sometimes resulting in an uneven and burdensome workload distribution for women. If women are unable to fulfill their... Read more
Jun 26, 2019
USAID Twiyubake, in collaboration with the National Early Childhood Development Program (NECDP), organized a workshop and field learning event for CHAIN partners. The event served as a learning platform on how to promote integrated ECD services across USAID funded projects. The workshop which took place in Musanze hosted USAID implementing program partners including SNV/CRS (Isuku Iwacu), CRS/SNV (Gikuriro), Global Communities and partner organization FXB (Twiyubake), AEE (Ubaka Ejo) and FXB (Turengere Abana and Sugira Umuryango). Emmanuel Munyampeta, Positive Parenting Specialist at NECDP updated the participants on the NECDP plan to advance quality ECD services and integration of the nutrition and WASH pillars into all ECD activities and on the NECDP master training on integrated ECDs.... Read more
Jun 05, 2019
A project in Kenya that addresses sexual health and gender-based violence (GBV) is taking a novel approach by deliberately involving men and boys in its outreach. Global Communities implements the PEPFAR-funded DREAMS project, which works with adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to ensure they lived Determined, Resilient, Empowered,  AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe Lives in Kenya and Rwanda. The girls who are part of the DREAMS project are some of the most vulnerable among Kenyan youth. Many AGYW in Kenya living in extreme poverty are forced to support themselves and their families with sex work. Their education levels are low, especially if they have dropped out because of pregnancy or health problems, and often the education level of their parents is low too. Women often need male... Read more
May 14, 2019
In Kenya, Global Communities is implementing the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) DREAMS initaitive, which aims to help adolescent girls and young women lead Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe lives. Below is a video on the impact of a public private partnership between the DREAMS program and Kenya Commercial Bank’s (KCB) 2jiajiri initiative, which seeks to empower and equip unemployed and out-of-school youth to grow micro enterprises by providing them with technical skill training opportunities. The initiative also aims to upskill and certify existing micro-entrepreneurs who wish to move their business from the informal to the formal sector. The video profiles Helen Kasuki, who got her... Read more
Apr 16, 2019
In Rwanda, HIV prevalence is highest among youth aged 20-24. It is against this background that the PEPFAR-funded DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS Free, Mentored and Safe) program was launched in five districts to address structural drivers of HIV among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), which includes poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, and a lack of education. In 2018, the USAID Twiyubake program, which assists 50,000 households in 12 districts of Rwanda and is implemented by Global Communities, expanded to also provide DREAMS program activities. In order to achieve success through DREAMS, young women and adolescents at times must transcend incredible life difficulties and embrace the program’s offerings, which support participants throughout months of... Read more
Mar 08, 2019
By Betty Adera, CoP DREAMS Program    International Women’s Day is here again and I face it with a lot of nostalgia. The global theme for the day being ‘Balance for Better’ resonates a lot with me because imbalance sits at the core of the limitations and barriers to progress, especially that of women. Just by definition, the concept of gender being socially and culturally differentiated roles and behaviours of men and women shows an imbalance. Culturally, for instance, the roles of women are to be submissive, particularly to men, while the roles and behaviour of men involve them being aggressive, masculine, tough and in control. Further, issues of access, ownership and control of family/household resources would largely be the job of the man. Women can have access to the... Read more
Mar 08, 2019
By Malaika Neumann, Communications and Outreach Manager, USAID/Twiyubake Program Download PDF of this story here. Children and parents at the USAID Twiyubake-supported Igihozo integrated model early childhood development (ECD) center recently received a group of 10 visitors to tour the facility and learn about its services. Upon their arrival in the classroom, the Executive Director of  YWCA, a long-time partner of Global Communities, Pudentienne Uzamukunda, introduced Marjan Ehsassi, Senior Director of Governance and Global Health at Global Communities Headquarters; John Ames, Chief of Party; Theogene Mberwa, Executive Secretary of Kabare sector; Esperance Cyibukayire, Executive Secretary of Cyarubare... Read more
Oct 10, 2018
Creating Safe Spaces for Adolescent Girls and Young Women View the photo essay below below or on Exposure here.
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