About Us

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Our Mission

Gardens for Health International provides lasting agricultural solutions to chronic malnutrition.

The majority of the world’s poor are farmers, yet millions are malnourished. In Rwanda, this disconnect between agriculture and nutrition is striking: 80% of families grow food for a living, yet 35% of young children are chronically malnourished. This simple concept, that food alone does not equal good nutrition, is at the heart of our mission.

To tackle the root causes of malnutrition, we equip families with seeds, skills, and knowledge to create vegetable gardens, prepare balanced meals, and keep children healthy. Transformative impact is possible by investing in the nutrition of mothers and young children, since well-nourished children get sick less often, perform better in school, and are more likely to escape poverty.

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About Us

Our roots are in Rwanda. For over a decade, Gardens for Health International has been working hand-in-hand with local communities to end chronic malnutrition. Our innovative curriculum on agriculture, nutrition and health topics was designed in partnership with local mothers, our trainings are led by talented educators who come directly from the communities they serve, and our dedicated staff is over 90% Rwandan.

We believe in changing systems, not treating symptoms. Integrating agriculture and nutrition into the health system is the only sustainable solution to effectively treat and prevent malnutrition. We work in close partnership with the Government of Rwanda by teaming up with community health workers, delivering trainings at local health clinics, and advising policy. 

 

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 Our Story

 
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Our Health Coordinator, Florence, supervises a training of pregnant women.

Our Health Coordinator, Florence, supervises a training of pregnant women.

GHI was founded in 2007 by Julie Carney, Emma Clippinger, and Dr. Emily Morell, who shared the belief that integrating agriculture and nutrition into the health system is the only sustainable solution to effectively treat and prevent malnutrition. 

Our work was catalyzed by a little girl named Foybi. When our founders met Foybi, the nine-year-old weighed only 29 pounds. They rushed her to the hospital, where she received the emergency food aid and essential life-saving care she needed. However, they quickly realized this was only a short term fix, the root causes of her malnutrition remained. 

It was Foybi who inspired us to focus on children and to work with health clinics to meet patients at the point of care. And it was her young aunt Florence, who accompanied her to the hospital, who ultimately helped shape our program. As one of the first employees, Florence contributed to the original design our curriculum and training materials.

In 2010, GHI began partnering with government health centers to tackle the root causes of malnutrition by equip families with the seeds, skills, and knowledge needed to create vegetable gardens, prepare balanced meals, and keep children healthy. Since then, GHI has scaled to partner with 19 health centers and several like-minded organizations to serve thousands of families across Rwanda. 

Ten years later, Florence still works with us, overseeing our team of field educators deliver thousands of trainings a year. And Foybi, healthy and happily enrolled in school, has aspirations of being a teacher someday.


Our Team

 

Our roots are in Rwanda. For over a decade, Gardens for Health International has been working hand-in-hand with local communities to end chronic malnutrition. Our staffing model reflects our commitment to building the capacity of local leaders, systems, and communities. Over 90% of our team is Rwandan and most of our staff is recruited directly from the communities we serve.

Leadership

 
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Solomon Makuza
Executive Director

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Meghan Magee
U.S. Operations Manager

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Katembo Faustin
Program Manager

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Godfrey Gatete
Agriculture Manager

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Dr. Angeline Mumararungu
Health Manager

Aaron Levenson, Development Manager

Aaron Levenson
Development Manager

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Geofrey Ntagungira
Data Manager

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Maureen Mwiza Muzungu
HR and Administration Manager

Staff Spotlights

Each month we highlight one of our dedicated, talented, and inspiring staff members.

 

 Annual Reports

 
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 Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016


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