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Kigeme Refugee Camp Training

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Kigeme Refugee Camp Training

Several weeks ago Gardens for Health launched a series of innovative new trainings at Kigeme Refugee Camp in Southern Rwanda. Kigeme refugee camp, founded in 2011, is home to over 18,000 refugees, most of whom originated from the Eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Kigeme refugee camp is shifting from providing direct food aid to providing cash transfers. This means people will have a lot more autonomy in the food they purchase and eat. It also means there is a crucial window of opportunity to ensure that people have...

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4 Reasons Malnutrition is About More than Food Security

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4 Reasons Malnutrition is About More than Food Security

The world is in a nutrition crisis. Malnutrition directly affects one in three people, making it one of the most prominent issues affecting global health. Of the 667 million children under the age of five, researchers estimate that 159 million are either chronically malnourished or stunted. That is almost a quarter of children globally. [1] In Rwanda that number is even higher. On average, 37 percent of children under 5 are chronically malnourished. [2] There is a misconception that malnutrition is a result of there not being enough food to...

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What the Global Women’s March Means for GHI

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What the Global Women’s March Means for GHI

Last weekend, millions of people gathered around the world to march for equality, diversity, inclusion and respect for women’s rights as human rights. The goal of the women’s march, was to “build and empower a persistent global network that will organize future campaigns and actions in support of progressive values including women’s rights.” The march was not a US election-specific protest, but rather was meant to galvanize people to defend women’s rights around the world. At Gardens for Health, empowering women is at the core of our...

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Supporting Community Growth Monitoring Campaigns

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Supporting Community Growth Monitoring Campaigns

Community growth monitoring campaigns are always an exciting and busy time for our team.  Three times a year, before each new season, we join with community health workers (CHWs) at remote sites across the Musanze District of Northern Rwanda to weigh and measure children. As part of the Ministry of Health’s First 1000 Days Community-Based Food and Nutrition Programs, the Government of Rwanda conducts routine growth monitoring of children across the country using community health workers to reach families in need. At GHI we utilize these...

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The True Meaning of Turi Kumwe

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The True Meaning of Turi Kumwe

In Kinyarwanda turi kumwe means “we are together”. At Gardens for Health, turi kumwe encompasses the ethos of our community and our model.  The turi kumwe spirit of our organization has manifested itself in many forms, perhaps most notably in the form of the Turi Kumwe Fund. The Turi Kumwe Fund was started in 2011 by GHI staff who recognized that, while our intervention is designed to provide comprehensive and holistic solutions to malnutrition, vulnerable families will often struggle with challenges beyond what GHI’s core programs are able...

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#gratefulghi Photo Essay

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#gratefulghi Photo Essay

At Gardens for Health, we are constantly reminded of the many things we have to be grateful for. In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked some of our staff and partner families to share what they are thankful for with the hashtag #gratefulghi throughout the month of November. While it didn’t have to be GHI-related, almost every comment tells a story of appreciation about our organization and the incredible impact we are having in Rwanda. See a sample of posts below! Inkuru mu mafoto – #Gushima Muri Gardens for Health, buri gihe duhora twibuka...

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Mushroom Week

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Mushroom Week

  If you had told us a few weeks ago that we would be promoting mushrooms in Rwanda, we probably would have been as surprised as you are.  But in the space of a few weeks, a partnership was born. You may be asking what mushrooms have to do with Gardens for Health, but the connection is not as far-fetched as it may seem. A hallmark of our model is encouraging dietary diversity, and by promoting mushroom consumption we are doing just that. Long celebrated among many cultures as a powerful source of nutrients, mushrooms are low in calories,...

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GHI Thanksgiving 2016!

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GHI Thanksgiving 2016!

Last week we welcomed more than 700 mothers, caregivers, community members, and local leaders to our farm in Rwanda for a very special GHI Thanksgiving celebration – full of song, dance, and delicious food. For the seventh year in a row, this event has been a time to honor the harvest, celebrate the families enrolled in our program, and give back to our local community. In addition, it’s a celebration of the power of food to create community and foster better health – the very core of our work in Rwanda. While Thanksgiving is...

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IITA Training Updates

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IITA Training Updates

Gardens for Health Conducts Training with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Rwanda’s Nyabihu District Founded in 1967, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a leading research organization investing in lasting solutions to hunger, malnutrition and poverty. IITA is focused on the development needs of tropical countries and works with a variety of partners to enhance crop output, reduce risk, and generate wealth. Sharing in GHI’s mission to improve food security and quality of life for...

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Welcome New Fellows!

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Welcome New Fellows!

This past month we welcomed two wonderful new fellows to our farm in Ndera, Rwanda. They both bring exciting backgrounds, experience, and energy to the team and we are excited to see the impact they will have during their time here. Read more about each of our new fellows below: Marcella Canelo Age: 27 Hometown:  Santa Rosa, California Education: Marcella has a BS from California State University, Fresno in Dietetics. She completed her dietetic internship at Iowa State and is currently a Registered Dietitian. She is a current student at the...

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