Resources

We have developed a range of simple, practical tools, to assist programs that serve children affected by and infected with HIV. If you are looking for a specific tool and cannot find it on our website, please contact us!

DREAMS Toolkit Facilitator’s Guide for 10- to 14-Year-Olds

DREAMS Toolkit Facilitator’s Guide for 10- to 14-Year-Olds

The toolkit has been developed and adapted from other evidence-proven manuals including Go Girls! Stepping Stones, and SASA with the aim of reducing vulnerability among AGYW and increasing their safety. The toolkit is for 10 to 14 year olds and it focuses on AGYW by equipping them with skills and knowledge to deal with expectations, behaviors, and attitudes that put them at risk and make them vulnerable. The toolkit also provides a safe and fun learning experience for the girls as they work towards becoming Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe!

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DREAMS Toolkit Facilitator’s Guide for 15- to 19-Year-Olds

DREAMS Toolkit Facilitator’s Guide for 15- to 19-Year-Olds

My Dreams My Choice is a toolkit adapted from other evidence-proven manuals including Go Girls! Stepping Stones, and SASA with the aim of reducing vulnerability among AGYW and increasing their safety. The toolkit is for 15 to 19 year olds and it focuses on AGYW by equipping them with skills and knowledge to deal with expectations, behaviors, and attitudes that put them at risk and make them vulnerable. The toolkit also provides a safe and fun learning experience for the girls as they work towards becoming Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe!

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DREAMS Toolkit Facilitator’s Guide for 20- to 24-Year-Olds

DREAMS Toolkit Facilitator’s Guide for 20- to 24-Year-Olds

My Dreams My Choice is a toolkit adapted from other evidence proven manuals including Go Girls! Stepping Stones, and SASA with the aim of reducing vulnerability among AGYW and increasing their safety. The toolkit is for 20 to 24 year olds and it focuses on AGYW by equipping them with skills and knowledge to deal with expectations, behaviors, and attitudes that put them at risk and make them vulnerable. The toolkit also provides a safe and fun learning experience for the girls as they work towards becoming Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe!

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Guidance and Counseling Handbook for Teachers

Guidance and Counseling Handbook for Teachers

To respond to the lack of HIV prevention education and guidance and counseling syllabus, Eswatini’s Ministry of Education and Training endorsed and launched Bantwana’s Life Skills Education Curriculum. The curriculum was developed was developed through a concerted effort by Eswatini’s Ministry of Education and Training and partners, including Bantwana, with the critical input of secondary school teachers and students across the country. this curriculum was made possible through OSISA funding and has since been rolled out and scaled under several projects with funding from CANGO/Global Fund and UNICEF.

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ICYD Case Management Job Aids

ICYD Case Management Job Aids

This Phase I HIV-centered Case Management Job Aid Package is intended to complement the HIV-centered case management training. The aids, designed as simple reference packs, aim to help community and clinic-based cadres absorb, understand and apply information and skills to improve HIV treatment and resilience outcomes for vulnerable children, adolescents and their caregivers.

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My Dreams My Choice Plus Facilitator Manual

My Dreams My Choice Plus Facilitator Manual

The My Dreams My Choice Plus Facilitator Manual is a guide for Peer Facilitators as they deliver the Protect Our Youth Clubs curriculum in Malawi under the Essential GBV Services and Prevention Project. POY Clubs aim to build the protective assets of adolescent girls — equipping you with information, skills, and support networks to better navigate the variety of risks they face. Through the use of this manual students will be empowered to work collaboratively; to speak out and take action against inequality, social injustice, abuse, examine unequal power dynamics and challenge gender norms that discriminate against girls and perpetuate gender-based violence.

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National Case Management System Framework – Zimbabwe

National Case Management System Framework – Zimbabwe

This document provides a framework for the implementation of the National Case Management System for the care, protection, and welfare of children in Zimbabwe. The National Case Management System adheres to the global principles of case management. These principles mirror local ethical practices of child protection standards and are in conformity with ethical and practice standards of different professional bodies. This resource was developed under our UNICEF funded National Case Management Program (CPF).

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Siyakha Girls Toolkit and Guide

Siyakha Girls Toolkit and Guide

The Siyakha Girls economic strengthening model has been endorsed by PEPFAR as an evidence-based approach for DREAMS Implementing Partners. The Siyakha Girls Toolkit and Guide provides an overview of the 8-step model, implementation guidance, and a complete annex of tools for each step. A preview of the toolkit and its contents can be downloaded here. For more information or to learn about WEI/Bantwana and Bantwana Zimbabwe Technical Assistance and Training on the model, please contact bantwana@worlded.org.

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Youth Work Readiness: Life Skills & Job Preparation Trainers Handbook

Youth Work Readiness: Life Skills & Job Preparation Trainers Handbook

A training manual was developed to prepare trainers to equip youth with skills needed in today’s workplace. This manual was developed by Transformation Africa (TA) with technical support from the Bantwana Initiative of World Education Inc., under our USAID funded Vana Bantwana Project in Zimbabwe. This manual prepares trainers to carry out the Life Skills and Job Preparation Training. After the 5 day training, youth are linked to internships or apprenticeships, micro-franchise opportunities or paraprofessionals depending on their abilities and interests. This resource can be combined with the Student Handbook.

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Youth Work Readiness: Life Skills and Job Preparation Student Handbook

Youth Work Readiness: Life Skills and Job Preparation Student Handbook

This is a student manual developed to equip youth with skills needed in today’s workplace. This manual is designed to be used during a one-week training that covers leadership and communication; administration, bookkeeping, and finance; teamwork, sexuality and values, and personal grooming; interview skills and basic computers; mock interviews and graduation from the training. This resource was developed under our USAID funded Vana Bantwana Project in Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwe Accelerated Learning Program Teacher and Master Training Guide

Zimbabwe Accelerated Learning Program Teacher and Master Training Guide

The Zimbabwe Accelerated Learning Program (ZALP) Teacher and Master Training Guide is a “Catch up” curriculum for out-of-school children to accelerate learning and re-integrated learners in Zimbabwe. This resource was produced under our UNICEF funded ZALP Program. 

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Bantwana Siyakha Girls – Ana Patsogolo, Malawi

Bantwana Siyakha Girls – Ana Patsogolo, Malawi

The Bantwana Siyakha Girls Model is a comprehensive, phased approach to overcoming these challenges and successfully developing the workforce readiness of adolescent girls and young women in vulnerable situations. In Malawi, the Ana Patsogolo Activity (APA) implemented by WEI/Bantwana incorporates Siyakha Girls as an integral part of an enhanced youth economic strengthening package for PEPFAR DREAMS programming.

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Capacity Development of Local Organizations in Uganda

Capacity Development of Local Organizations in Uganda

In line with USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance, the Bantwana Initiative’s holistic capacity building approach strengthens organizational, financial, technical and M&E systems of local partners, moving them along a capacity development continuum aimed to improve performance and meet global accountability standards. This brief lays out WEI/Bantwana’s capacity development approach and achievements with five local partners under the USAID/Better Outcomes for Vulnerable Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda program, one of which is currently undergoing NUPAs assessment to become a direct recipient of USG funding.

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Community Health and Social Welfare Systems Strengthening Program Technical Brief

Community Health and Social Welfare Systems Strengthening Program Technical Brief

WEI/Bantwana led efforts to support the Government of Tanzania to develop a comprehensive, HIV-sensitive case management system for vulnerable children, the National Integrated Case Management System (NICMS), under the USAID funded Community Health and Social Welfare System Strengthening Project (CHSSP) led by JSI. The NICMS standardizes care and protection for most vulnerable children and their families, and integrates service provision between health, protection, and social welfare sectors to improve HIV outcomes. The NICMS strengthens referral networks and supports HIV status disclosure among families, contributing to improved HIV case finding, linkage to care, ART retention and adherence, and viral load suppression, all of which are needed to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.

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Dropout Early Warning System (DEWS) – Experience from Tanzania

Dropout Early Warning System (DEWS) – Experience from Tanzania

To help break the cycle of secondary school dropout, the USAID-funded Waache Wasome (“Let them Learn”) project introduced partner schools to WEI/B’s evidence-informed DEWS model. Rooted in human-centered design, DEWS takes a holistic view of various stressors within a student’s school, family, and social environment — and capacitates educators to identify these issues and apply case-management procedures to support students and prevent potential dropout. The success of our approach led to the Government of Tanzania adapting and integrating DEWS into the national online School Information System, which is used by all schools in the country.

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Early Childhood Development & Education Initiative in Mozambique

Early Childhood Development & Education Initiative in Mozambique

Under the USAID/PEPFAR funded FCC project, WEI/Bantwana implemented a community-based and community driven Early Childhood Development & Education (ECDE) initiative in Mozambique. This Technical Brief describes our key approaches, results and innovations to increase the uptake of ECDE services in hard-to-reach communities.

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Early Warning System- Eswatini

Early Warning System- Eswatini

The Early Warning System (EWS) identifies girls who are vulnerable to drop-out and provides the key supports that keep them in school. These Response Protocols include student assessment and counseling, development of an Academic Support Action Plan, and referrals to health and social services as needed. Bantwana piloted two versions of the EWS in Eswatini: a teacher-administered tool, and a student self-administered tool.

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Implementing DREAMS Programming in Malawi

Implementing DREAMS Programming in Malawi

Through DREAMS, the Ana Patsogolo (“Children First”) Activity provides a combination of behavioral, structural, and bio-medical interventions that address the complexities of AGYW’s lives. Moving away from siloed and vertical programming, APA provides a layered package of multi-sectoral, evidence-based interventions to address the overlapping factors that make AGYW vulnerable to HIV.

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Improving ART Adherence in Adolescents through Increased Caregiver Support in Uganda

Improving ART Adherence in Adolescents through Increased Caregiver Support in Uganda

In Uganda, like elsewhere in the region, adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) face a number of adherence-related challenges including weak caregiver/parental support. Informed by global evidence and program feedback, WEI/Bantwana layered a strategic mix of economic strengthening, treatment literacy, and positive parenting on facility-based Peer Support Groups for adolescents living with HIV to improve adherence, retention, and overall wellbeing while encouraging greater self-efficacy among ALHIV and strengthening family resilience. The technical brief highlights the process, findings, and considerations for scaling this effective approach, which reinforces the efficacy of a well-coordinated referral network and case management approach.

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Improving HIV Service Uptake and Treatment Outcomes for Children through Community Case Management in Uganda

Improving HIV Service Uptake and Treatment Outcomes for Children through Community Case Management in Uganda

Under the USAID Integrated Child and Youth Development (ICYD) Activity, Bantwana delivers comprehensive HIV and social protection services to mitigate the risks and impacts of HIV and violence on children, working in close coordination with clinical partners. ICYD extends continuity of care through a locally responsive clinic-community referral network using structured case management to track and support each child from intake through to care plan achievement.

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Improving Pediatric Viral Load Suppression through Community Case Management in Uganda

Improving Pediatric Viral Load Suppression through Community Case Management in Uganda

In close collaboration with clinic partners, the ICYD OVC teams extend the continuity of care using a structured community case management process to enroll children, coordinate and deliver services, and continuously monitor progress, ensuring that children are able to access needed services. Uganda’s child protection workforce, upskilled as community HIV case managers, can play an important role in improving pediatric viral load suppression through community monitoring and treatment management that builds family resilience and expands community safety nets for the longer term.

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Improving the HIV Continuum of Care for OVC in Mozambique

Improving the HIV Continuum of Care for OVC in Mozambique

Under the USAID/PEPFAR-funded FCC project, WEI/Bantwana enhanced community-based HIV prevention and response mechanisms for orphaned & vulnerable children (OVC) and their caregivers. This Brief highlights our key strategies, results and innovations that improved the HIV Continuum of Care for OVC in Mozambique.

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Improving Treatment Outcomes for HIV-Exposed Infants

Improving Treatment Outcomes for HIV-Exposed Infants

Under the USAID Integrated Child and Youth Development (ICYD) Activity, Bantwana has intensified coordination at facility level to ensure mother baby pairs are followed across different EMTCT (ART) and mother baby care points and linked to ICYD social workers (SWs) or para social workers (PSWs) for community follow up.

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Interface Technical Brief

Interface Technical Brief

To address Malawi’s gap in gender-based violence response mechanisms, the Bantwana Initiative of World Education, Inc. (WEI/Bantwana) is implementing a program to reduce SRGBV that focuses on both prevention and response. Funded by the US Department of State/Global Women’s Initiatives under the umbrella of a broader GBV program led by EngenderHealth, WEI/Bantwana and local partners seek to holistically address educator and student norms around SRGBV and to change the threshold of what has long been considered “acceptable”. To this end, the project delivers multi-pronged activities that foster change among students, teachers, and parents/caregivers.

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LIMCA Education Funds

LIMCA Education Funds

This brief highlights an innovation in savings and lending group methodology that supports education access for vulnerable students community-wide. Implemented with great success under the LIMCA (Livelihood Improvement of Mothers and Caregivers of Adolescents) platform of our Waache Wasome project in Tanzania, Education Funds have mobilized community capacity and commitment to help thousands of students through essential school supplies, school meal contributions, and infrastructure investments.

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Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence – Uganda

Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence – Uganda

Under the USAID/Uganda Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda (BETTER OUTCOMES) program, the Bantwana Initiative of World Education, Inc. (WEI/Bantwana) partners with government, police, clinics, schools, and communities to layer gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response services on HIV and social protection programming in 22 districts.

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School Bonanzas Technical Brief

School Bonanzas Technical Brief

The Bantwana Initiative of World Education Inc. (WEI/Bantwana) is implementing a comprehensive program to reduce SRGBV, funded by the US Department of State/Global Women’s Initiatives and led by EngenderHealth. This program include ‘bonanzas’ – an innovation designed to improve response mechanisms and facilitate linkages to services. Bonanzas are one-stop-shop events that provide on-the-spot linkages to medical, legal, and counselling support for survivors. Bonanzas bring together local GBV service providers who hold informational sessions, as well as conduct individual consultations and on the spot service provision. Additionally, Mother groups trained in case management, GBV response, and psychosocial support are linked with bonanza service providers to ensure continuous referrals to services post-bonanza.

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Strengthening Local Government to Improve Uganda’s Child Protection System

Strengthening Local Government to Improve Uganda’s Child Protection System

Working closely with and strengthening government systems is a hallmark of WEI/Bantwana’s development approach. Under the USAID/Better Outcomes for Vulnerable Children and Youth program in Eastern and Northern Uganda, WEI/Bantwana strengthened Uganda’s child protection system from community to national levels by expanding the trained social welfare workforce, improving data driven planning, coordination and service delivery across multiple government departments and community social protection and HIV/health cadres, and building capacity of government actors to more effectively address HIV and violence against children (VAC), including GBV. This brief lays WEI/Bantwana’s approach and key achievements across 23 districts in eastern and northern Uganda.

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Strengthening Pediatric Case Finding and Improving HIV Treatment Outcomes for OVC in Malawi

Strengthening Pediatric Case Finding and Improving HIV Treatment Outcomes for OVC in Malawi

The Ana Patsogolo (“Children First”) Activity (APA) delivers integrated HIV and social protection services through case management, currently reaching 21,678 C/ALHIV across 8 districts in southern Malawi In close collaboration with clinic partners, APA has extended continuity of care using a structured community case management process to enroll children, coordinate and deliver services, and continuously monitor progress, ensuring that children are able to access needed services across the care continuum.

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Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) Technical Brief

Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) Technical Brief

Caregiver Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) are part of the Bantwana Initiative of World Education, Inc. (WEI/Bantwana’s school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) prevention initiatives in Malawi. VSLAs help to address the economic drivers of GBV while building financial literacy and small business skills and strengthening social support systems. WEI/Bantwana also uses VSLA+ as platforms to further layer positive parenting training for caregivers that covers topics such as communicating with adolescents about sexual and reproductive health, relationships, HIV, and violence prevention.

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Workshop Report: Learning Event on Ending Child Marriages in Malawi

Workshop Report: Learning Event on Ending Child Marriages in Malawi

In March 2018, the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare (MoGCDSW) and the Bantwana Initiative of World Education, Inc. (WEI/Bantwana) partnered to organize and host a Learning Symposium under the theme Addressing Child Marriage in Malawi. This report captures and disseminates key take away points, summaries of presentations, and recommendations that emerged from the proceedings.

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Youth Programming – Uganda

Youth Programming – Uganda

Uganda is home to one of the youngest populations in the world. Uganda’s youth are its greatest asset, yet youth need agency and opportunity to meaningfully engage in their communities and successfully transition to adulthood. This brief lays out WEI/Bantwana’s approach to youth-centered development through delivery of an integrated package of social asset building and HIV/GBV prevention, life skills and livelihood supports enabling them to make healthy decisions and become change agents for child protection with peers, families and communities.

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Helping Tanzanian Youth Develop Agency and Protective Assets

Helping Tanzanian Youth Develop Agency and Protective Assets

Implemented with 108 schools in five northern districts of Tanzania under the USAID-funded, Waache Wasome project, WEI/B’s Protect Our Youth (POY) Clubs model equipped nearly 17,000 students with essential skills and knowledge. Through an evidence-informed curriculum designed with student input, adolescent girls and boys learned to better engage with their education and establish life goals, develop skills to communicate effectively with peers and adults, make positive life choices, and prevent, respond to, and report violence. The inclusive and participatory POY approach has allows both girls and boys to examine unequal power dynamics and challenge norms that perpetuate gender discrimination and gender-based violence.

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PAVING THE WAY FOR CHANGE: How Protect Our Youth Clubs Are Helping Students Challenge Norms and Confront School-Related GBV

PAVING THE WAY FOR CHANGE: How Protect Our Youth Clubs Are Helping Students Challenge Norms and Confront School-Related GBV

The qualitative assessment used focus group discussions (FGDs), key informant interviews (KII), and ‘most significant change’ methodology to document changes resulting from students’ participation in co-ed Protect Our Youth Clubs in secondary schools in Malawi. The data suggest that Protect Our Youth Clubs play a catalytic role in empowering students to better respond to and prevent school-related GBV in a way that promotes gender equality and provides an alternative lens through which they can challenge rigid and harmful gender norms. The findings also showed that engaging boys to interrogate and challenge stereotypes about masculinity and power dynamics in their own lives not only sparked a change in their own thinking around traditional gender roles and expectations, but also built their capacity as champions and change agents.

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Peer Support Groups Plus:  A Family-centered Approach for Improving Adherence and Viral Load Suppression in Adolescents Living with HIV

Peer Support Groups Plus: A Family-centered Approach for Improving Adherence and Viral Load Suppression in Adolescents Living with HIV

Featured at the Virtual AIDS 2020 conference, this poster highlights how this family-centered approach strengthened HIV and social resilience outcomes for adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV). By addressing caregiver and adolescent financial and socio-economic concerns as part of a holistic package of adherence and ART treatment literacy supports, the Peer Support Group Plus model demonstrates the important role of family resilience for improving the overall health and wellbeing of ALHIV.

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Siyakha Girls Pilot Project in Mozambique: Voices of Young Women Engaged in the Comprehensive Workforce Readiness Program

Siyakha Girls Pilot Project in Mozambique: Voices of Young Women Engaged in the Comprehensive Workforce Readiness Program

The Siyakha Girls initiative is a comprehensive economic strengthening framework to support vulnerable adolescent girls and young women developed by the Bantwana Initiative of World Education (WEI/B), to support vulnerable adolescent girls and young women. This resource is a collection of stories about several Siyakha girls, told in their own words and detailing how the Siyakha pilot presented a life-changing opportunity that opened viable livelihood avenues, while also strengthening their knowledge, confidence, and ability to safeguard their health and well-being. 

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The Closed User Group: Enhancing a Coordinated Response for Improved Child Protection and HIV Outcomes for OVC

The Closed User Group: Enhancing a Coordinated Response for Improved Child Protection and HIV Outcomes for OVC

Featured at the Virtual AIDS 2020 conference, this poster highlights how Bantwana’s low-cost Closed User Group mobile-phone technology, deployed at scale, dramatically enhances real-time communication and coordination among multiple district and community actors – and, ultimately HIV and child protection outcomes for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), including children living with HIV.

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Waache Wasome: Achievements and Legacy

Waache Wasome: Achievements and Legacy

This set of posters summarizes key achievements and outreach of the 5½ -year USAID-funded Waache Wasome (“Let them Learn”) project in Tanzania. Bantwana’s holistic approach to supporting adolescent girls has fostered more conducive learning environments in secondary schools and greater community willingness to support those who have dropped out of school, while also building caregivers’ economic capacity to support their children’s education.

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