AKWOS visited Rulindo District in the Northern province of Rwanda whereby there is 15 Women Agricultural Cooperatives; of which AKWOS sensitized them on the Economic Empowerment and Improvement on the Sports activities. These women have participated in different Football tournaments and won Trophies. During this Entrepreneur Week, AKWOS was able to organize a Football match between different Women Cooperatives with a Delegation from ASHOKA, which was fun for both of them. Different reports were given from these women on how they improved their social and economical development which included crop production, animal husbandry such as poultry, piggery, goat keeping, and more. Crop production on terraces such as wheat, beans, peas, maize, sorghum, soya beans, ground nuts and many more. This was performed in collaboration with ASHOKA East-African Representative and Felicite RWEMARIKA who was recently elected also as an ASHOKA Fellow in Rwanda. According to the campaign of fighting malnutrition, these women looked healthy due to different messages on food nutrition and food security that they receive from AKWOS Facilitators on quarterly basis. Miss Bazimaziki Veneranda is one of AKWOS Women Coaches who is at the same time the President of these Women Agricultural Cooperatives. She was given a Certificate of recognition as top woman Entrepreneur and was rewarded with 200, 000 Rwanda francs. She has managed to develop different projects on Poultry, Restaurant and Bar , Plantations of Vegetables, Cows, Goats, and she has been able to approach the Bank and was given a Bank loan to buy a Lorry which will facilitate her to take her products to sell on a High Market. She is a mental to other women in confidence and creating more Football teams for their healthy being and interaction with the Community. She is a live example that many women want to be like her. She is so inspiring and role model in fighting poverty and contributing to the development of the country.
AKWOS in partnership with WOMEN WIN organized a 2 day workshop of training Women Coaches on Goal Curriculum. These coaches needed this training so that they strengthen their skills on the strategy of Empowering Young Girls on the following Modules: BE YOURSELF, BE HEALTHY, BE EMPOWERED and BE MONEY SAVVY. The Goal Curriculum Activity Guide simplifies the strategies of the activities needed to help girls understand better how to move forward. As the focal point of AKWOS come from all Provinces of Rwanda and went back with plan to use these modules in different schools starting with girls from 12 years old and above.
During the 2 days of the training, coaches were proud to share their daily experiences with young girls and from the new Goal Curriculum module their Skills were enriched. With the good performance of Women Win representatives (Manu and Nicole), AKWOS coaches were excited to learn new strategies that they will use for the Young Girls Empowerment. During the training, Mme Suzan Falatko, the Public Relations Officer at the U.S Embassy came over to encourage the trainers to keep up the passion they have to improve the well being of Girls preparing them to become the future leaders that will play a big role in the development of Rwanda as a Nation and across the Region. During the closing ceremony, AKWOS coaches promised to use the Goal Curriculum Modules as soon as they start school and this will help them to measure the impact.
Association of Kigali Women in Sports visited the Mayor of Gisagara District of the Southern Province in the process of requesting Land for the women teams who were able to group themselves in Agricultural Cooperatives to improve their way of living and empower themselves economically.
AKWOS was promised by the local authorities a 5 hectare of land for the beginning and will increase as the need increases. The sports women identified the crop known as Cassava to be planted there as the soil is good for that crop. We know that Rwanda depends on Agriculture and most of women do the cultivation, then after the harvest men take over to sell the product convincing women that they are not aware of the market.
AKWOS was able to sensitize women that they can also take part in selling their products, join Saving and Credit Schemes and participate in the country development.
AKWOS trained women in sports to be the role model in sensitization of Nutrition. Women in the community believed that only well to do people take fruits and vegetables, so after the harvest they could sell off everything and leave nothing for their families, thus malnutrition was common.
AKWOS Staff insisted that the lack of Balanced diet leads to all sorts pf diseases, and spends all the profit rin paying hospital bills. the conclusion was that women sports took the decision of fighting malnutrition by eating away balanced diet to keep fit and healthy.
Dear donors, let us join hands to fight malnutrition and your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
On 29th-30th November 2011, AKWOS organized a football competition and Women bicycle riders marking the word AIDS’ Day in Eastern Province, Ngoma District. They were 4 teams each composed of 25 players and 20 women riding bicycles.
Testimonies were given to prove to the public that people living with HIV/AIDS are people like any other. They said, one cannot tell that someone is infected by just looking at the outside appearance.
A call was made by MUKAMABANO to go for free testing so as to know the status of each individual. She said that if you feel that you were infected not to lose hope, what you need to do is to seek medical advice, counseling department for healthy Living.
If one is found not infected, he should be careful, have protected sex and avoid unsterilized sharp instruments. Many questions were posed by the youth who were given true and correct information.
This message attracted about 2000 people and about 50 girls went for free testing. Another exciting moment was the competition of women riding bicycles, some were breastfeeding, but were excited during the cheering up of the gathering.
After the competition, AKWOS supported the Cyclists with Medical Insurance, football balls to Girls who participated in the tournaments and T-shirts for all the participants.
The local Administrator asked AKWOS to keep coming to sensitize women on the role of sports and messages on HIV/AIDS.
AKWOS Representative sensitized the public that some women get infected due to Gender Based Violence, such as forced sex. She gave them a hotline to call in case their rights are not respected. She again insisted that it is right time to end GBV and we are the very first people to sensitize other women, parents, schools, so as to be aware of the children & women rights for the quick development of our country.
On 22nd November, 2011
AKWOS organized a one day workshop in collaboration with ASHOKA, the Innovators for the public presents “everyone a Changemaker.”
This workshop involved 300 youths both men, women of the age between 18-35 young entrepreneurs.
The presenter that addressed the big audience came from Uganda; Mr. Nassir Katuramu who is an Ashoka fellow. He talked about what it means to become a Changemaker, what it takes, the change it brings and what it means for an Individual. The workshop attracted many Applications for representing Ashoka in Rwanda.
We are eagerly waiting to know who became the eligible candidates for Rwanda from ASHOKA Representative.
AKWOS in partnership with Right to Play, Women National Council and the Ministry of Gender promotion organized a football Competition in the campaign against Gender Based Violence to launch the 16 days of ending GBV.
This first football competition brought together 12 schools from UNICEF child friendly schools. These teams were selected from all over the country and were made of girls aged 7 to 13. The purpose of such an activity is to inculcate the culture of sport in the mentality of the Rwandan youth, much as a new culture can be ingrained from an early age, most girls and women will be able to campain against genderbased violence and their rights through sports as well as they grow up
The overall objective was to empower women through sports. This event took place in four different Provinces namely Kigali City, Western, Eastern Pr I and Eastern II. Each Province had three primary school teams that competed and the winners were Kanyiya (from Kigali City), Rubona (Western Province), Rubona Ngoma (Eastern Province I) and Kiziguro (Eastern Province II). The 2 teams that came first received sports equipment (whistle, balls ...).
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