Gardens for Health is at an Exciting Inflection Point
We are improving nutrition and health outcomes for more than 2,000 families annually, and seeing evidence that our impact extends far beyond our direct engagement. At the same time, we are taking what we have learned and sharing it with government, NGO and private sector stakeholders who are looking to improve nutrition outcomes, scaling key elements of our model across Rwanda. We believe that through our combination of deep community-based work, a rigorous commitment to constant evaluation of and iteration in our work, and a thoughtful approach to sharing key components of our model we can continue to improve nutrition outcomes throughout Rwanda and ultimately across the globe.
Read our complete 2016 Annual Report here!
Key Highlights: 2016
- Our team worked with Community Health Workers, district leaders and peer NGOs to train more than 900 individuals in nutrition and agriculture.
- Our team has grown to a total of 125 staff members and we have expanded our reach to partner with 18 Partner Health Centers and cover 100% of Musanze District
- Since launching in 2010, our Health Center Program has set more than 20,000 children on a path to better health
- More than 5,000 families attended our enrollment days
- Average attendance rates were at 91%, with graduation rates at 99%
- 1,875 new home gardens were planted, with 91% of graduates still growing home gardens 1-4 years later
- The average percentage of children consuming a healthy diet rose from 18% (the national average) to 64%
- Follow-up surveys showed that 1-4 years after graduation, 44% of children remained on a positive growth trajectory with 50% of new children born at a healthy weight and height for age as compared with less than 1% at enrollment
- Average health and agriculture knowledge assessment scores rose from 48% to 83%
- Average number of vegetable varieties grown per family rose from 1.4 to 3.8
- Percentage of families owning livestock rose from 48% to 94%
- Percentage of children aged 6-23 months consuming a minimum dietary diversity diet (based on 4+ food groups the previous day) rose from 39% to 79%
In addition to these exciting outcomes, GHI also launched two new programs in 2016: our Antenatal Care (ANC) Program for pregnant women and our Men’s Savings Group Program. As part of our ongoing commitment to collaboration and innovation, these programs will enable us to expand our reach and point of impact to additional at-risk groups. Meanwhile, our core model has continued to become a standard for health and nutrition education in Rwanda, with our behavior change methodologies being formally adopted and disseminated nationwide by the Ministry of Health.
As we head into the end of the year, we are so thankful for the community of supporters and advocates that help spread our message farther than we ever could alone. We hope that you enjoy reading our 2016 Annual Report and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback or questions! Turi Kumwe.