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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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Engaging Men: A GHI Pilot Program

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Engaging Men: A GHI Pilot Program

Rwanda is a country politically committed to gender equality: 64% of parliamentarians are women, and women are represented throughout all levels of government. The law also ensures men and women have equal rights to land ownership. Yet, gender disparities continue to exist in Rwandan households. The societal norms that promote equality of women in government are slower to be adapted within the households. Culturally, land remains controlled by men, and on average more land is allocated to crops traditionally grown by men. Negotiating the...

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Gardens for Health Presents at the INGENAES Symposium

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Gardens for Health Presents at the INGENAES Symposium

Hi! I’m Maggie Wilson, and I’m one of the Global Health Corps fellows and the M&E Officer here at Gardens for Health. I’m excited to be writing today as a guest blogger! Last month I had the exciting opportunity to represent Gardens for Health at the INGENAES Global Symposium and Learning Exchange* in Lusaka, Zambia. The conference brought together practitioners working with agriculture extension programs in 37 different countries for an engaging three days of discussion around the question: How do we apply new knowledge and resources so...

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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 direct food aid to providing cash transfers. This means people will have much more autonomy in the food they purchase and eat. It also means that we have a crucial window of opportunity in which to ensure that...

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