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Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC) has through Prevention+ Programme partnered with Karongi district to evaluate achievements of Parents Evening Dialogues (PED) activities in 13 villages considered as model across the whole district.

RWAMREC through Prevention+ has built capacities of National Women Council (NWC) committee members to monitor Parents Evening Dialogues functionalities and advancement of socio-economic wellbeing at village and household level. The objective of the said evaluation is to make a follow up on implementation progress on five indicators of performance contracts signed between Karongi district, NWC and RWAMREC within the fiscal year 2019-2020 in all villages of Karongi District.

Creation of Village Saving and Loans (VSL) and use of technologies in saving activities, working closely with financial institutions and digital literacy, increasing enrollment of girls and women in Technical and Vocational Training (TVT) schools, reinforcing and sustaining cleanliness culture in families, addressing stunting and malnutrition in families, addressing gender based violence and other conflicts in families are among indicators evaluated at household level while at village levels, there was verification of reporting tools.

At every indicator, there is a specific number of the households which were chosen and the majority of inspected households were at a high level of achieving what they have pledged to achieve in family performance contract booklet. RWAMREC has provided 82,214 performance contract booklets to all households of Karongi district to record achievements over their targets and this has made the verification easy. One of the evaluating team revealed.

The evaluation has started from May 21st until June 5th 2020 and 65 sampled households were reached. The Evaluating team was composed of three district and three RWAMREC staffs who also valued the moment to pass messages related to prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

This evaluation was the second this year following the first one conducted in December of 2019. It is planned that this district evaluation is to be followed by provincial and National evaluation. This practice is likely to be replicated as Prevention+ project activities was institutionalized at district level. The project is implemented under the Funding of Rutgers through Promundo-US.

PED committee Meeting participants testified that majority of GBV cases at household level were influenced by family property management and commend Prevention+ contribution in reducing related cases.

Nshimyumukiza Bonifaces gives his testimonies
“I grew up seeing my father managing every property at home. Harvests and livestock were all controlled by my father. My mother was not allowed to even provide a cup of a beer to her colleague. I replicated my father’s model after my weeding. I and my wife used to live a suspicious life until I got changed through Prevention+ trainings.” Nshimyumukiza Boniface, a meeting participant from Rugabano sector.

This was revealed through the routine quarterly coordination meetings with Parents Evening Dialogues (PED) committee members organized by Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC) and Karongi district through Promundo supported Prevention+ Project.

These meetings are happening in all 13 sectors of the district to 1074 PED committee member representatives, for Prevention+ implementers to learn about implementation progress, achievements, challenges and new recommendations to better achieve project goals.

Experience of other meeting participants clarify that a quick reduction of GBV and family conflicts was facilitated by PED committee members who changed themselves to serve the rest of the community members as role models instead of instructors.
Prevention+ project is aimed at encouraging collaboration between men and women/ boys and girls in ending Gender Based Violence (GBV). It is implemented in close collaboration with Karongi district and works at community level in the existing structures to enable sustainability of activities.