OUR IMPACT.

Save Generations Organization to achieve its mission of creating space and provide opportunities to children, youth, and women for their integral development and healthy life hence enable them reach their full potential intervenes in various programs which include the Education program, Adolescents and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (AYSRHR) and Family Planning (FP), Youth and women’s empowerment and livelihoods improvement, Child protection and wellbeing, Environment protection and climate change resilience, Emergence Responses, Gender and ICT. 

Adolescents and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (AYSRHR) and Family Planning (FP) program.

Since 2018 up to date, Save Generations Organization funded by Kvinna Till Kvinna is implementing a project on Empowerment of adolescents and young girls in school on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). This is a project that intends to increase access to SRHR information and services to adolescents and youth in school, in order to enable them make informed and responsible choices and decisions over their bodies as well as to exercise their SRHR.

Implementation areas

The project is implemented in the schools of GS Kabasare, GS Remera Indangamirwa, Gs Ngamba and GS Bugoba in Kamonyi district, GS Gasogi, GS Ruhanga, GS Ndera and GS Kabuga in Gasabo district.

Key Achievements

The project reaches directly to 480 right holders including 360 girls and 120 boys between 10-19 years from 8 high schools where Save Generations Organization works. 80 parents include 49 women and 31 men. 56 teachers and local leaders including 35 women and 21 men. 20 religious leaders and 20 journalists.

 Indirectly this intervention reached to 315,227 people through 845 SRHR mobile service usage and Radio talk show.

Key achievements:

Ø  Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) for 50 vulnerable out of school girls and teenage mothers. Where the project provided knowledge and information on SRHR and training workshop on how to make reusable sanitary pads to respond to the issue of menstrual care among vulnerable girls and women.

Ø  During COVID 19 period, when the schools were closed, most of the girls were affected by period poverty as they were used to access the menstrual hygiene materials in girl’s room, and their families were affected economically. This problem could expose them to different temptations finding the ways to get menstrual care materials. We raised awareness on menstrual hygiene management to 200 girls in Kamonyi and Gasabo districts, 1600 Menstrual Hygiene Materials (sanitary pads) and 800 bars of soap provided to 200 adolescents and young girls’ right holders in GS Ngamba and Bugoba in Kamonyi district southern province, GS Kabuga, and GS Ndera in Gasabo district towards response of period poverty.


Ø  Develop, multiply and distribute SRHR Information Education Communication materials 1,940 booklets including 1,630 booklets for children 10-12 years and 13-19 years, 310 booklets for parents and teachers in Gasabo and Kamonyi Districts and more than 600 SRHR Modules on SRHR in line with Comprehensive and Sexuality Education, Child rights, and positive parenting to increase their engagement and support for SRHR promotion.


Ø  Save Generations Organization funded by Kvinna Till Kvinna conducted a training to 20 journalists (12 women & 8 men) on SRHR and child rights from different media houses including print online media, Radio stations and TV stations in consideration of the role of media in raising awareness and life transformation of the people.


Ø  Save Generations Organization in partnership with Paper Crown conducted SRHR Training in Bugesera District to 40 young adolescents, including 20 girls and 20 boys gained accurate information on SRHR. Also 23 adolescents (14 girls and 9 boys) from Shelter them organization in Bugesera District, trained on SRHR.



Ø  Funded by Kvinna till Kvinna, Save Generations Organization joined by other Kvinna till Kvinna partners who include Rwanda Women’s Network, Reseau des femmes and UNABU developed Mobile application service called 845 SRHR Mobile Technology Application The development of this application has so far increased the access to SRHR accurate information to all adolescents, youth, parents and children of any age in the 30 districts of Rwanda. The application is very friendly to use and accessible to all categories of people with either smart phones or small ordinary phones. This application was developed in partnership with an international social enterprise called Viamo and so far, it is reachable to over 1.5 million people in Rwanda.

 

 

Ø  Save Generations Organization conducted 100 radio talk and TV shows (75 radio talk shows and 25 TV shows) on different radio stations and Tv stations in Rwanda, to increase access to SRHR accurate information to adolescents and young girls.

Ø  4 Project focal persons and 4 peer educators supported with 8 mobile phone (each one with one mobile phone) for facilitation of right holders in Gasabo and Kamonyi Districts in the use of SRHR mobile app and for follow up.

Ø  In year 2021, Save Generations Organization funded by Kvinna till Kvinna published and distributed 1,551 magazines include 775 for 1st edition published in May and 776 for 2nd Edition published in November 2021. All magazines distributed to 8 schools and given to right holders. This magazine is called Let’s talk about sexual reproductive health and rights (Tuganire ku buzima bw’imyororokere), “MY STORY, MY VOICE”, which aims to encourage the culture of story sharing about SRHR among adolescents and youth and voicing out the issues that affect them on that matter. This gives to adolescents and youth the opportunity to share with their peers their stories of change in terms of knowledge, attitude and practices on SRHR, self-confidence, and positive masculinity for boys; and to advocate for their persisting issues that still limit them to exercise their SRH rights.

Ø  Save Generations Organization funded by Kvinna till Kvinna supported their right holders to gain accurate information on SRH and Rights, child rights, men engage and positive masculinity, confidence and self-esteem and others through in different activities including trainings, Debates club for Change, Radio talk and TV shows, Modules and Booklets, 845 Mobile app and Magazine. 




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STORIES:

1. UWASE Adeline,


My name is UWASE Adeline, I’m 19 years old, I’m a girl, I’m in senior 5, Department of Mathematics, Economics and Technology, at GS Ndera in Gasabo District. From the lessons given by Save Generations Organization, I understood that having information on sexual reproductive health and rights is my right. I grew up thinking that talking about sexual reproductive health and rights is shameful. I couldn't have heard it or asked anything about any change on my body, yet I was very curious but embarrassed to ask because I didn't see it being discussed, it embarrassed me because it was considered as a shame and a waste of culture, which made me think it was only for adults. Yet, it was not right but we should understand that having information on sexual reproductive health and rights is our right. Now I am not surprised by the changes on my body because I have enough information, I know how to make the right decision in my life, and no one can’t take me where he wants. I know how to say Yes when it is necessary and no when it is not necessary. Sexual reproductive health and rights is not a taboo, as some believe, but it is our right as adolescents to know about it. For adolescents we still have difficulty obtaining information about sexual reproductive health and rights and that is our right, because sometimes culture and beliefs do not allow people to talk about sexual reproductive health and rights in public. Therefore, it is important that efforts be made in advocacy and education so that adolescents are able to cope with the challenges faced in sexual reproductive health and rights and its impact.”

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2. GASARO Canthea,

" My name is GASARO Canthea,


I am 12 years old, I am a girl, I am in Primary 5 at GS Ndera in Gasabo district.

I would advise my adolescent friends that when you get any changes on your body, you can talk to your parents or guardians, or a teacher because they can advise you. I also urge parents or guardians to educate us about sexual reproductive health and rights because it is our right, which help us as adolescents to understand how we behave when we experience changes in our bodies.”

 

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3. UMUTONI Vanessa,


“My name is UMUTONI Vanessa,


I am 19 years old, I am a girl, I am in senior 6 in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Economics at GS Kabuga catholic in Gasabo district. I am proud that I am a girl who can stand to the right decisions I make on my body, which help me to fight for my dreams. Before I used to feel that it was difficult to make decisions, but now I know my right to make decisions and make my own choices based on what I want. I had the courage to make right decisions for my body. Having the right to my choices helps me fight for my dreams.”

<< My advice to my fellow girls, our life is in our hands, we have to think twice about everything we want to do, because we have the strength and ability to make the right choices for our lives, “today’s choices are our future lives”.>>

 

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4. ISHIMWE Aime',

    My name is ISHIMWE Aimé,


I am 15 years old, I am a boy, and I am a senior 1-year student at GS Ngamba in Kamonyi District. Before, I used to think that a boy with acne or having pimples on his body would be treated by unprotected sex with a girl who has not it. I was seeing changes on my body; I was curious to know why but I was afraid to ask my parents because I felt ashamed and it was not something to talk about. After being taught by Save Generations Organization about sexual reproductive health and rights, I have learned that having unprotected sex with a girl does not cure acne or pimples as I suspected, but it is one of the possible changes in adolescence due to sexual hormones, so if you have unprotected sex, you can be at the risk of sexually transmitted infections or causing unwanted pregnancy. Now, I have the courage, because I have a clear understanding of the changes that take place in the body during adolescence and how to behave when I see those changes. Currently I can talk to my parents about sexual reproductive health and rights. But we still face the challenge of not getting enough and accurate information on sexual reproductive health and rights, thus making us rumored.” << Knowing information about sexual reproductive health and rights, especially for adolescents, is important and our right, it makes us more aware of making the right decisions for our bodies and preparing for a better future.>>

Youth and women's empowerment and livelihoods improvement program.

Since 2015, Save Generations Organization initiated its project on Girls/women’s empowerment and livelihood improvement (GELI) supported by A Bridge for Girls Fund and other different partners, Save Generations Organization reached more than 500 youth out of school and women, 80% were female. They have been empowered socially and economically, equipped with mindset and behavior change trainings as well as hands on skills.

Child protection and wellbeing program.

In this programs Save Generations Organization intervenes in the activities that intend to promote and protect children’s rights, their education, and their wellbeing. We work with children, parents, schools, teachers and communities to raise their awareness on child rights, positive parenting and childcare. This is done through raising awareness of children, parents, teachers and religious leaders, local leaders on child rights.

Key achievements:

120 children between 10 – 12 years old have been trained on child rights; and 40 parents, 20 religious leaders and 51 teachers and local leaders have been trained on child rights and its respect as their duty.

Ø  In advocating for child rights protection, save generations Organization with the funds from KVINNA Till KVINNA through Empowerment of adolescent and young girls in school on sexual and reproductive health and right project-initiated Radio talk show program to engage community in GBV prevention and also increase awareness on child rights protection.

I)                  Through radio talk show program teachers and parents understood the child right and how to protect their child right.

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STORIES:

1. Theodate,

"My name is Theodate;


I am parent from Ndera sector in Gasabo district.

I decided to prevent correcting my children with anger and bad words because I learnt how we should educate our children, empowering them and building trust in them instead of the bad words, harassing words may break the child’s inner emotion and affect her behavior and future."

 

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2. Laetitia,

"My name is Laetitia,


I am a teacher in school of G.S Ngamba.

As a teacher, I have been inspired how to manage students considering that they may be having inner wounded heart and how to help them without abusing them.”

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3. Edmond,

" My name is Edmond,


I have 12 years old, I’m student at G.S Ngamba in Kamonyi district “I have gained information about child rights, including my right to education, recreation. I heard the topic with my parents, they got to know my rights, they used to not allow me to have recreation with others but now when I am done with homework, I got to recreate. my parents didn’t have that information as well.”

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Ø  Save Generations Organization in partnership with Aids Health care Foundations organized an intervention in Rweru IPD model village to equip the children with school materials including notebooks and pens to contribute in reducing the school dropout among the children in Rweru IDP model village. 94 students (48 males and 46 female) from primary 4 up to primary 6 received 658 notebooks and 188 pens that means each student received 7 notebooks and 2 pens.

Environment protection and climate change resilience program.

In November 2020, Save Generations Organization funded by Rwanda Green Fund, FONERWA has been awarded to implement a project entitled ‘’Empowerment of women and youth to climate change resilience and environmental protection in Nyagatare district’’ which aims to empower the women and youth for climate change resilience and environment conservation through biomass replacement and wastes management by providing cooking stoves and briquettes to reduce deforestation, gender-based violence and create green jobs to youths in 5 sectors of Nyagatare District (Rwimiyaga, Nyagatare, Tabagwe, Mimuri and karangazi sector).

Emergence Responses program.

Since the COVID 19 pandemic occurred in Rwanda, there has been government intervention and strong effort in the prevention of its spread, and some of the measures taken are to wear face mask, cleaning hands with water and soap. But from the rapid assessment conducted by Save Generations Organization to their right holders on impact of COVD 19 to right holders in Kamonyi and Gasabo Districts, findings revealed that project right holders were limited to access the COVID 19 preventive materials due to their economic welfare hinted by COVID 19. The same to the Rweru community from Bugesera districts, especially Rweru IDP model village, most families are poor and it is difficult for them to afford even buy a single face mask and hygiene soap for themselves and their families, some cases one face mask is shared among the whole family, which is prohibited due to COVID 19 prevention measures and those challenges prevent to respect COVID 19 prevention measures. This community faced food shortage especially in this pandemic period as reported by the community members and local leaders.

In this regards, Save Generations Organization through its emergency program, intervened in COVID 19 prevention by providing preventive materials to right holders from Kamonyi, Gasabo and to the Rweru IDP model village community from Bugesera.

Key achievements:

Ø  Through in project on empowerment of adolescents and young girls in school on sexual and reproductive health and rights, funded by Kvinna Till Kvinna, Save generations organization provided hygiene and protective materials including 1216 Face masks and 240 bar Soaps, to 240 rights holders (200 female and 40 male), and 4 female project focal persons and 4 peers educators received 16 hand sanitizers for prevention of COVID-19 in Kamonyi and Gasabo Districts.


Ø The 8 High School Sponsorship program right holder equipped with 24 pads and 8 bar soap to improve the hygiene during menstrual period. The right holder also assisted with 16 Face masks to protect them again COVID 19 effect. The support provided was a quick response to the poverty result by the effects of COVID-19.


Ø  Save Generations Organization intervened by conducting awareness campaign on COVID 19 prevention and supported the community with 1000 face masks and 300 bars of soaps   provided to 298 households of 1777 citizens in Rweru IDP Model Village in Bugesera district, where each family received 3 face masks and 1 bar of soap.

Ø  100 households (46 female headed household and 54 males headed household) with 471 of their house members from Rweru sector / Bugesera district received 3 tons of food including ;1 ton of beans, 1 ton of maize flour and 1 ton of rice that mean each household received total of 30 kilograms of food delivered (10 kg of beans, 10 kgs of maize flour and 10 kgs of Rice).


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STORY:


Agnes,

“ I am Agnes,


I used to live in Mazane island, from there we survived by fishing and farming in marshland, but it was high risk zone, flooded area, no access to infrastructures such as schools and health center, the government decided to resettle us in this new model village. Reaching here, there is no enough space for farming even when we try it is dry area, that caused famine in our community. We are grateful for this support of food we have received today.”

Gender and ICT program.

Following Generation Equality Forum 2021 held on 30th June to 2 July 2021 in Paris and Rwanda Commitment in that forum, Save Generations Organization funded by Urgent Action Fund Africa for womn’s Humman Rights (UAF) conducted an Awareness and advocacy campaign on bridging the gender digital divide between men and women in Rwanda for promotion of the use of technology for gender equality in Rwanda. This was done through the use of different social media platforms, a Webinar meeting, radio and TV shows.