RuWCED stems from the vision of the Founder, Dr. Glory Lueong and has been shaped over time with invaluable insights and efforts from development experts and professionals from many other fields from all over the world. In 1993 a friend of hers was forced out of school at age 14 and given into a polygamous marriage. After 11years, Glory met her friend who was pregnant with her fourth child and she said she was HIV+ but could not afford transport to go to a “treatment‟/therapy center. After listening to her and reflecting over her school performance back in the days, Glory saw a future leader reduced to a beggar. These circumstances/experiences and more stirred her to start RuWCED where rural women/ girls, youths and children can have a voice, get access to education and productive resources, know their rights, understand and manage their reproductive health, learn a vocation and get access to a livelihood of their own.
Missions and Objectives
RuWCED envisages rural communities in which women, youths and children can claim/exercise their; social, cultural, economic, civil and political rights, as well as access the educational, natural and financial resources necessary to live dignified and fulfilling lives. Villages where people, especially women, youths and children infected with HIV/ AIDS can live stigma free lives! We believe that all humans have the same rights and deserve to make decisions that can influence their futures and bodily health.
Our main objectives are;
• To strengthen and connect community-based women and youth groups towards promoting community health, livelihoods and peacebuilding for social cohesion and solidarity.
• To promote community health with special focus on SRHR and WASH
• To promote education with special focus on girl child education and children’s rights
• To combat sexual and gender-based violence and promote women and girls’ rights
• To promote entrepreneurship and sustainable agricultural development
• To promote multidisciplinary and participatory research for rural development
RuWCED has conducted a village to village free HIV/AIDS VCT in all 13 villages of Ngoketunjia Division testing a total of over 12000 persons, identifying over 276 new positive cases and linking these to treatment centers. According to the former district medical doctor, our constant presence in the field contributed in reducing stigma around HIV/AIDS, and people felt comfortable to accept the outcome of their tests and stay on treatment when positive. This helped to curb the prevalence of HIV in Ngoketunjia Division from 7-5%.
• Conducted a participatory action research with adolescents in all 13 villages to understand their potentials in contributing to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS. Report available for sharing.
• Currently providing monthly livelihood support to over 30 PLWH and training them on income generation activities.
• Conducted Division wide Malaria Prevention Education Program with community health workers.
• Representation at the Divisional Health District coordination meeting. Since 2016, RuWCED is a member of the Division’s Health coordination committee providing inputs on rural women and girls SRHR among other issues
• RuWCED has received and counselled over 300 survivors of rape since 2016.
• Since 2013, we have implemented a school-to-school, youth group-to-youth group adolescent SRHR education program. Our activities focus on; training teachers in rural schools on preventing and managing GBV, empowering rural girls to say NO to, and report unwanted sexual advances, preventing unwanted teenage/youth pregnancies, unsafe abortion and post abortion care, family planning, HIV/AIDS and other STIs among others. We reached out to more than 500 schools, creating girl’s Body-Health-Rights and Leadership (BHRL) clubs both in schools and out of school and impacting over 35,000 rural girls
• Through our SRHR program, the uptake of family planning has increased by more than 50% and the number of unsafe abortions reduced by over 30%(Source Ngoketunjia District coordinator for FP).
• Used sports to fight GBV. We have empowered 9850 girls in the last two years, created safe space to discuss GBV issues within our communities.
• Trained over 300 rural girls and women in income generation activities with over 50 gainfully employed and over 35 starting their own small projects
• Instituted two weekly community radio programs; one with a focus on empowering rural girls and women to be leaders in their own rights, and the other on Women’s health issues.
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