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The cornerstone of the Rwanda program is our custom-developed health curriculum, Turi Kumwe, which is Kinyarwandan for “We are Together” and signifies the bond and responsibility players have with their teammates and coaches. Turi Kumwe encompasses the belief that when we work together as one, we can overcome the heavy burdens of gender inequality, lack of proper health education and can ultimately choose the path of our own future. 

In order to create sustainable health change and break norms and stereotypes, ST has created an 8-unit health curriculum, called “Turikumwe Health Curriculum”.  This curriculum is focusing on issues relevant and problematic to our participants. Each unit is taught for three months, and four units are taught annually to all boys, girls, and women. Prior to, and following the three months of educational sessions, oral tests are distributed to measure retention of information.

Each unit of health education marries basketball skill and health together, and are taught before, during or after practices. Over the past 3 years, we have had an average of a positive 50% change from pre to post knowledge testing.  See chart below for pre-and post test scores.

Health Education Test Scores

Turikumwe Impacts:

  • 78% of our women now feel comfortable rejecting sexual advances compared to only 34% prior to our unit.

  • 89% of boys now feel comfortable with the changes experienced during puberty in comparison to the 44% before the unit.

  • 480 families have access to clean water through distribution of Sur Eau

  • 100% of participants have increased knowledge of health issues in Rwanda

Recent findings from malaria surveys