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October 15, 2014

On Friday, October 9, to mark International Day of the Girl Child, the USAID team was pleased to showcase the Thuthuzela rape management centers it supports to provide dignity and empowerment to rape survivors, many of whom are young girls.

Ambassador Gaspard and I learnt from our South African Government counterparts that rape survivors face immense challenges, but these centers are designed to restore their dignity and confidence in the health and justice systems.

As we engaged the staff at Mamelodi Thuthuzela last Friday we heard breaking news that Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This is a fitting acknowledgment to the rights and dignity of young women like Malala who took a bullet and demonstrated immense strength in the aftermath, to rise above an oppressive system that would deny her an education.

The purpose of this study is to determine whether the Humana TCE programme has made a significant impact on communities where it has been implemented in terms of improving knowledge about HIV and AIDS, attitudes of personal empowerment and healthy behaviour within the context of the epidemic, and changing sexual and health seeking behaviours.

The evaluation also sets out to identify any additional effects, both positive and negative, and whether positive impacts are likely to be sustained over time.

This evaluation of the Networks of Hope Program was conducted by Rural Outreach and Development Services (ROADS). ROADS was contracted by Pact on behalf of USAID to evaluate the World Vision’s Network of Hope (NOH) Program for addressing the needs of OVC in six Area Develop Projects (ADP) with the goal of improving their quality of life and resilience in the face of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa.

CHALLENGE

Gender-based violence and sexual assault in South Africa is a widespread dilemma that leaves many women, children and other vulnerable people traumatized and helpless. In response, Thuthuzela Care Centers (TCCs) work with survivors and providers alike to tackle this epidemic.

CHALLENGE

While South Africa has dramatically improved access to education over the past decade, the quality of education remains very poor.  In response, Bridges to the Future Initiative in South Africa (BFI-SA) is designing an interactive, computer-based learning tool improve literacy rates among primary grade learners. 

CHALLENGE

While South Africa has dramatically improved access to education over the past decade, the quality of education remains very poor. TARMII-FP will work to address this problem by providing teachers with a computer-based assessment tool that will help teachers to more effectively address individual student learning needs in reading.

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