Lydia Atieno

How local NGO empowers vulnerable women amid Covid-19

According to the United Nations, the combination of economic and social stresses brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as restrictions on movement, have dramatically increased the number of women and girls facing abuse, in almost all countries. In this regard, Root Foundation, a local NGO...

Thursday, July 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

The importance of birth control and spacing

Papias Bizumuremyi from Bukure in Gicumbi District has a six-month-old baby, and expects to have another in five years. “The reason we have given ourselves a five-year gap is to have another child when we are more financially stable,” Bizumuremyi says. This is because of the high...

Monday, June 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

Yummy yams: What are the health benefits?

Yams, locally known as ‘amateche’, are nutrient-dense tubers that can be cooked in various ways.   For instance, nutritionists say yams can be boiled, steamed, roasted or even fried, depending on one’s preference. They can also be eaten alongside other dishes, such as...

Monday, June 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

Boost your mind with online extra-curricular activities

During this period when learners are home, educators believe they have a lot more free time on their hands, which they can use for other activities, not just classwork. Like classwork, there are online platforms that offer studies assistance with extracurricular activities. This can be...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Gicumbi: Why men participation in family planning initiatives is needed

There is need for mutual involvement when it comes to embracing family planning programmes for both men and women. In Northern Province, Gicumbi District, the rate of people involved in family planning programs stands at 57 per cent for the targeted group, according to Felix Ndayambaje, the...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 1:28 AM

Diabetes: Here’s what you should know

Diabetes mellitus, more commonly referred to as diabetes, experts say, is a chronic disease associated with abnormally high levels of the sugar glucose in the blood. In other words, it means inadequate production of insulin (which is made by the pancreas and lowers blood glucose). Gerald...

Monday, June 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

The benefits of rosemary

Rosemary is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves. In the local markets, a small bunch goes for about Rwf 500. It’s known for its taste, flavour and aroma. In addition, rosemary can be used in tea or as an essential oil or liquid extract. It is...

Monday, June 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

Local online platform enabling virtual laboratory practicals

Covid-19 has altered almost every sector, education being one of the main divisions. During this time, students need digital learning materials that will help them navigate through their studies well. In this regard, O’Genius Panda, a web-based platform, was created.   The platform...

Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

The best of broad beans

Scientifically known as ‘vicia faba’ and known in the culinary sense as the ‘broad bean’, ‘fava bean’, or ‘faba bean’, this legume is in the pea and bean family with edible flattened seeds. It is of uncertain origin and widely cultivated as a crop for...

Monday, June 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Understanding the immune system

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say that taking additional precaution to stay healthy is paramount. Among the guidelines offered by the government, frequent washing of hands and practicing social distances are key in preventing the spread of the virus. However, health...

Monday, June 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Ways to nurture students’ special talents

Imparting students with basic academic skills has been a fundamental aspect in education. But discovering and nurturing special talents in children has proven to be just as relevant in their academic journey. This is why educators suggest the need for teachers and parents alike to put as much...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

Addressing the challenges of home-schooling

As students wait to resume studying in September, home-schooling has taken the place of the classroom. As a way of keeping up with their academics, students are obliged to study from home by making use of different media channels as well as online platforms. Nevertheless, many students and...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

Addressing the challenges of home-schooling

As students wait to resume studying in September, home-schooling has taken the place of the classroom. As a way of keeping up with their academics, students are obliged to study from home by making use of different media channels as well as online platforms. Nevertheless, many students and...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

African eggplant: What are the health benefits?

The African eggplant, locally known as ‘intoryi’, is a tropical perennial plant that is closely related to the eggplant (aubergine) and widely cultivated for its use as a food, medicinal purposes, and ornamental plant. The plant is grown for its edible fruits which are cooked and eaten...

Monday, June 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

The tobacco war: Where do we stand?

In 2015 while in high school, Christian Abayisenga started hanging out with friends whom he later found out were smokers — something they’d do after school. It wasn’t long before he too picked up the habit. “Smoking started as a way of bonding with friends, also, it made...

Monday, June 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why language development is important to a child

With the current situation, parents are spending more time with their children at home. And education experts are of the view that focus might be given mainly to older learners, with little assistance given to younger learners. They (educators) believe that an active, stimulating environment...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

How mother of three defied odds to start taxi business

Upon completing her construction course eight years ago, Marie Claire Niyotwagira started working in the sector aware it’s not what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Having studied construction at school, she worked hard on different sites to accomplish her dream, which was to own...

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

Understanding prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate — a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. A man’s prostate produces the seminal fluid that nourishes...

Monday, June 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

Brown or white rice? What is healthier?

Rice, boiled or fried, is popular in homes and restaurants around the world. However, brown rice is not as common as white. Nutritionists say brown rice is not processed like the white one, making it a better option as its far healthier than the white one. Private Kamanzi, a nutritionist at...

Monday, June 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

ENHA-Girubuntu: Empowering students through social and economic initiatives

Two years ago, Tiffany Iza Safari could barely express herself at school, even in her native language, because she didn’t have the confidence to do so.  The now 17-year-old says this denied her the opportunity to hang out with her peers, and share her concerns, especially in and out...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

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