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For International Women’s Day, we want to take a moment to step back and appreciate the inspiring women who help make the success of our programs a reality. Our programs specifically target women – rural mothers with malnourished children, pregnant women devoted to the health of their unborn children, and refugee women. Women are most often the caregivers in Rwandese families, tasked both with raising children and caring for the household. Deep-rooted issues that may seem unrelated to malnutrition on a surface level, such as hygiene, domestic violence, and mental health, directly affect women in the home, and so GHI addresses them, and more, in our comprehensive training program.
A problem as multifaceted as malnutrition merits a complex and perceptive solution.
Nyiramariza Lawrence at a hygiene training at Musanze Health Center.
Investment in sustainable solutions for malnutrition is crucial among vulnerable populations, and not just in terms of food security. Gender imbalance and shortcomings in formal education among girls and women are significant contributing factors to malnutrition. Changing the paradigm allowing these conditions to exist will result in an empowered population with the agency to make decisions for their families.
Women listen to a training on gender-based violence and mental health at Musanze Health Center.
Malnourished women and mothers make up one third of the world’s malnourished population. Educating women is therefore key to finding a solution to fight hunger and malnutrition. Investing in girls’ education not only creates a generation of women better equipped with the skills to raise healthy children, it tends to delay marriage and childbirth so that women are more financially and socially secure before becoming mothers. Empowering women to be authoritative in family decisions has been linked to higher percentages of family income being allocated to food purchases. Educating girls also initiates a trend of educated women sending their daughters to school, thus perpetuating a social norm of educated girls and women. GHI invests in comprehensive nutrition and health education for women to improve childhood malnutrition in Rwanda.
Celette Uwineza teaches Phina in GHI’s farm Early Childhood Development Program.
In pregnant women, promoting good health practices raises the likelihood that children will be born at healthy weights, setting them on track for positive cognitive development and successful lives. Our Antenatal Care Program (ANC) also incorporates diverse topics that address root causes of food insecurity at a household level. Exercises where participants must evaluate the nutritional benefits of average market produce, for example, are common practice in our ANC Program. This type of activity is designed to be applicable and relevant to the reality of food shopping for women in Rwanda.
Annonciathe Niyibizi monitors the home gardens grown by program participants in Mahama Refugee Camp. Last year, GHI implemented a six week nutrition and agriculture intervention in Mahama Camp with 475 Burundian refugee mothers.
The women we work with are generous, smart, and capable. They are dedicated to the health of their families, to nourishing them with both food and knowledge. We are proud to work with inspiring women across Rwanda who remind us to always #PressForProgress for women and girls everywhere.
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Ku Munsi Mpuzamahanga w’Abagore, dushaka gufata akanya tugasubiza amaso inyuma tugashimira abagore b’icyitegererezo batuma intego ya gahunda zacu igerwaho. Gahunda zacu zibanda ku bagore – abagore batuye mu byaro bafite abana bagize ibibazo by’imirire mibi, abagore batwite bashishikajwe n’ubuzima bwiza bw’abana babo bataravuka, ndetse n’abagore b’impunzi. Abagore, kenshi, ni bo bita ku ngo mu miryango nyarwanda, bafite inshingano zo kurera abana no kwita ku byo mu rugo. Ibibazo byimbitse bishobora no kuba bitajyanye n’imirire mibi, nk’isuku, ihohoterwa mu ngo, n’ubuzima bwo mu mutwe, bigira ingaruka ku bagore mu ngo mu buryo bwahuranyije; ni yo mpamvu Umurima w’Ubuzima ubyitaho, kandi ikirenze ibyo, ukabikora mu mahugurwa yacu ahoraho.
Ikibazo kigaragara mu buryo butandukanye nk’imirire mibi gikwiriye igisubizo kirambye kandi kinoze.
Nyiramariza Lawrence mu mahugurwa y’isuku ku Kigo Nderabuzima cya Musanze.
Ubushoramari mu gushaka umuti urambye w’imirire mibi ni ingenzi cyane ku bagezweho n’ibi bibazo, kandi icy’ingenzi si ukubashakira icyo barya gusa. Ubusumbane bushingiye ku gitsina n’ibindi bibazo mu myigire y’abakobwa n’abagore ni bimwe mu bigira uruhare ku mirire mibi. Guhindura uburyo butera izi mpamvu kubaho bizatuma abantu bongererwa ubushobozi bwo gufatira ibyemezo imiryango yabo.
Abagore bumva amahugurwa ku ihohoterwa rishingiye ku gitsina n’ubuzima bwo mu mutwe ku Kigo Nderabuzima cya Musanze.
Kimwe cya gatatu cy’abantu ku isi bafite ibibazo by’imirire mibi kigizwe n’abagore n’ababyeyi. Kwigisha abagore rero ni urufunguzo rwo gushaka umuti warwanya inzara n’imirire mibi. Gushora imari mu myigire y’abakobwa ntibituma gusa tugira abantu bafite ubumenyi buhagije bwo kurera abana neza, ahubwo binatuma badashyingirwa cyangwa ngo babyare hakiri kare, ibyo bigatuma baba bafite ubushobozi mu buryo bw’amafaranga ndetse n’ubumenyi mu mibanire n’abandi mbere yuko baba ababyeyi. Gushishikariza abagore gufata ibyemezo mu ngo bigira uruhare ku ijanisha ry’inyungu z’urugo zifashishwa mu guhaha ibyo kurya. Kwigisha abakobwa kandi bivamo umusaruro w’abagore bize bohereza abakobwa babo mu mashuri, bigatuma kugira abakobwa n’abagore bize biba nk’ihame muri sosiyete. Umurima w’Ubuzima ushora imari mu mirire myiza no kwigisha abagore ku by’ubuzima no kurandura imirire mibi mu bana bakiri bato mu Rwanda.
Celette Uwineza yigisha Phina muri gahunda yo Kwita ku Mikurire y’Abana Bato mu Murima w’Ubuzima.
Mu bagore batwite, gushyigikira kugira ubuzima bwiza byongera icyizere cy’uko abana bazavuka bafite ibiro bihagije ndetse bikanabategurira kuzakura neza bafite ubuzima bwiza. Gahunda yacu yo Kwita ku Bana Bataravuka na yo irimo ingingo nyinshi zibanda ku gukemura umuzi w’ikibazo cy’imirire mibi mu ngo. Nk’urugero, imyitozo ishobora gutuma abiga babasha kugenzura intungamubiri z’ibicuruzwa ni byo twibandaho muri iyi gahunda yo Kwita ku Bana Bataravuka. Iki gikorwa kigambiriye gushyirwa mu bikorwa kandi ibyigiwemo bikifashishwa mu gihe abagore bahaha ibyo kurya mu Rwanda.
Annonciathe Niyibizi ayobora imirima yo mu ngo ihingwamo n’abiga muri gahunda y’Umurima w’Ubuzima mu nkambi y’impunzi ya Mahama. Umwaka ushize, Umurima w’Ubuzima wakoze gahunda yo kwigisha abagore 375 b’impunzi mu nkambi ya Mahama mu gihe cy’ibyumweru bitandatu ku mirire n’ubuhinzi.
Abagore dukorana bafite umutima mwiza, bazi ubwenge, kandi baranashoboye. Bitangira ubuzima bw’imiryango yabo, no kubagaburira ibyo kurya ndetse n’ubumenyi. Tunejejwe no gukorana n’abagore b’ibyitegererezo mu Rwanda batwibutsa guhora #twihutiraguteraimbere kubw’abagore n’abakobwa ahantu hose.
Shyigikira abagore bo mu Rwanda ngo bite ku miryango yabo utanga inkunga uyu munsi.