Health Development Initiative-Rwanda (HDI) is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Kigali and registered with the Rwandan government. We strive to improve both the quality and accessibility of health care for all Rwandans through advocacy, education, and training. HDI was founded in 2005 by a dedicated group of Rwandan physicians working in health facilities and communities across the country. This diverse group of health professionals was united by a shared commitment to improve the health of disadvantaged communities within and outside of the health care system. Today, HDI brings together a team with vast experience in medicine, public health, and community development to bridge the gap between communities and the health care system.
Cooperatives of PLWHIV. A Success Story:
Last week, HDI went to the Eastern province to visit three of its six Global Fund cooperatives. The cooperatives were created to help people living with HIV to sustain themselves and support their families.
Two of the cooperatives rear goats and the other rears pigs, the latter proving to be very successful. The pig cooperative has built a large pigpen for its growing number of pigs – now each of the 20 members has their own pig to rear at home. The cooperative has grown so much that the district has agreed to award 1,000,000RWF (approximately 1,450USD) towards its expansion.
Providence's Success Story
Last week, Nyiransabimana Providence, received an award from the Mayor for being the woman who has demonstrated the most progress and growth in the Ndera sector. Providence is a member of the community of potters, a historically marginalized population that HDI has been supporting since 2008.
Among this community, Providence showed remarkable potential, consistently grasping on to new concepts and finding new ways to earn money. Seeing this potential, HDI awarded Providence a loan of 90,000RWF, approximately 131USD, in 2012. With the loan, she bought produce, beverages, and other goods to sell in her local community. By demonstrating that she was able to manage a small loan, she was able to attain further loans from a local bank to grow her business.
Now, Providence makes a profit of 75,000RWF (about 109USD) per month. With this money, she contributes to her family by buying clothes and food, as well as by paying for her four children to attend private school. Providence has also constructed a house with three rooms, one room for her shop and two others for renting out.
Providence’s success is monumental and HDI is pleased to have been catalyst of her growth.
Human Rights Workshop
October 11-14, HDI conducted a 3-day Humans Rights Defense workshop for 18 representatives of vulnerable population associations in Kigali. The workshop featured lessons and activities designed to teach attendees about their rights, and what procedures to follow when their rights are violated.
“Now I know about the laws that exist to protect my rights- and I know who I can seek for help when my rights are being violated,” said one attendee.
As a result of the workshop, attendees have the tools necessary to document cases of human rights violations for both themselves and other vulnerable populations in Rwanda.
NGO Launches Campaign on Gender Violence
Health Development Initiative (HDI)-Rwanda yesterday launched a campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Mumuri sector of Nyagatare District. Local leaders across the district joined the NGO in a one day campaign against GBV, and spread of HIV/AIDS in rural communities. Read more on AllAfrica.com.