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Staff Spotlight Series: Anysie Ishimwe

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Staff Spotlight Series: Anysie Ishimwe

Staff Spotlight Series: Anysie Ishimwe This month, we will be featuring several of our staff, fellows, and interns in a special series to highlight both the various aspects of our work as well as the amazing individuals who make it happen. As our work is interdisciplinary in nature, so is our staff. This series will underscore just how important the many moving pieces are to fulfilling our mission and work at Gardens for Health. We truly operate under our motto: “Turi Kumwe”- we are together! Our first staff spotlight features Anysie Ishimwe!...

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Food Source and Consumption Patterns in GHI Partner Families

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Food Source and Consumption Patterns in GHI Partner Families

According to the Rwanda Environment Management Authority [REMA], (2009), over 70% of the land of Rwanda is used for agriculture. However, Rwanda also has one of the highest population densities in Africa. According to the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (2015), in 2012, there were about 645 inhabitants per square kilometer. Because the population of Rwanda continues to increase, this puts pressure on the land and the ability of families to grow their own food. As a result, household access to food varies from one family to another...

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Helping a Family have a Home Through a GHI – GHC Partnership

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Helping a Family have a Home Through a GHI – GHC Partnership

Housing and health are intricately linked, and poor housing conditions have major negative impacts on human health. Examples of key housing-related risks include respiratory and cardiovascular diseases from indoor air pollution; communicable diseases spread because of poor living conditions; and risks of home injuries for both children and elderly people. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 2 million people in developing countries such as Rwanda die from indoor air pollution alone. The scientific evidence on the links...

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GHI Celebrates World Refugee Day

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GHI Celebrates World Refugee Day

The number of refugees around the world is at a record high. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that there are 21.3 million refugees globally over 65.3 million forcibly displaced people. Conflict and persecution forces an average of 33,972 persons per day (or 24 people per minute!) to leave their homes in search of protection elsewhere. Each year on June 20 the United Nations, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and countless organizations celebrate World Refugee Day in order to draw the...

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Q&A on Fatherhood

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Q&A on Fatherhood

This Father’s Day we sat down with GHI’s Deputy Country Director, Kamanda Kamiri, for a discussion on fatherhood, the importance of engaging fathers in our work, his own experience as a father, and how GHI has impacted his family.   What are your children’s names? My two gorgeous daughters are Kamanda Portia (meaning offering in Latin) and Kamanda Nita (meaning Grace in Hindi). Portia is 2.9 years and Nita is 1 month old.   What does being a father mean to you? My two little angels are my motivation to wake up every day. They...

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Statement on UN World Environment Day

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Statement on UN World Environment Day

What United Nations World Environment Day Means at Gardens for Health   Today the United Nations celebrates World Environment Day, an occasion for each of us to take pause and reconnect to nature. At Gardens for Health International (GHI), we are honoring World Environment Day by reflecting on how our work connects people to nature and moves the human race towards a more sustainable way of life. The UN mobilized a global movement towards sustainability through its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Two of these SDGs are...

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Reflections on Fatherhood

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Reflections on Fatherhood

This Father’s Day, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Katembo Faustin, writes about fatherhood, his personal experience as a father, how GHI engages fathers, and more! Parenthood is such an amazing experience! As a young parent with two boys (Rico, the first born [3.5 years] and Naldo, the second born [1 and a half months]), I have learned and expect to continue to learn a lot about raising children. It has never been an individual experience but a shared responsibility with my wife. Before I was a parent, I anticipated that being a father...

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2017 Boston Food Tank Summit: Summary and Thoughts

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2017 Boston Food Tank Summit: Summary and Thoughts

On Saturday, April 1st the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition hosted the 2017 Boston Food Tank Summit. Like all efforts supported by Food Tank – ‘the think tank for food’ -this summit was designed to inspire a global community of innovators pushing for food systems change in America and beyond. Over the course of the day, an impressive list of speakers—from Tufts professors, to farmers, to registered dietitians—offered their impression of the current state of food systems as well as their take on potential solutions. All...

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2017 Global Food Security Symposium: Key Takeaways

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2017 Global Food Security Symposium: Key Takeaways

From March 29-30, Senior Development and Communications Associate Alyssa Palmquist attended the  2017 Global Food Security Symposium: ‘Stability in the 21st Century’ in Washington, DC. The two-day symposium brought together thought leaders, civil servants, entrepreneurs and farmers to discuss the most pressing food security challenges in the world today. Hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the symposium brought together “top visionaries from every sector to generate the productive dialogue and actions necessary...

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Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies: A Photo Essay

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Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies: A Photo Essay

Nyiranganduhimana Claudine is a mother of four from Bumbogo, Rwanda. She joined GHI’s first cohort of mothers in our Antenatal Care Program last August while she was five months pregnant with her fourth child.   At Claudine’s first training she eagerly told our staff that “these trainings will increase our knowledge.” She added, “community health workers used to tell us what food to eat while pregnant, like fruits, dodo [amaranth], and animal source foods,” but mentioned that she often struggled to gain access to these types of food. “If...

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