Phase 1: Proof of Concept
In 2010, in response to Rwanda's high rate of chronic childhood malnutrition and the significant political will to tackle this pervasive public health challenge, we launched our flagship program: our Child Nutrition Program. This program began as a pilot project with a dozen families at two health centers in Gasabo District. Over the next couple of years we continued to refine our model with community feedback and research on the many intersectional factors that contribute to malnutrition.
Phase 2: Expansion
We quickly saw the potential for our work to have impact at scale. By 2014 we expanded to 19 health centers, reaching over 2,000 families annually in Gasabo and Musanze Districts. Our work was fully integrated into the District Plan to Eliminate Malnutrition in Musanze District and we were written into action plans as a key nutrition partner. At the national level we formed relationships with the Ministries of Health and Agriculture (MOH and MINAGRI) and began contributing to key policy initiatives such as the National Food and Nutrition Policy (NFNP) and National Kitchen Garden Guidelines. Our core behavior change methodology was adopted by the Ministry of Health and over 44,000 Community Health Workers were trained in our One Pot, One Hour model.
In 2016 we rolled out an additional program -our Maternal Nutrition Program- which was inspired by mothers who said they wished they had known more about nutrition before their children became malnourished.
By 2018, we expanded our Maternal Nutrition Program to 19 health centers, training over over 3,000 pregnant women on key nutrition and prenatal care topics.
Phase 3: Partnering for Scale
We recognize that in order to make meaningful progress in the fight against malnutrition, we need to partner with external organizations to scale our impact to new populations and settings.
In 2017 we formed a partnership with the World Food Programme to support their Home Grown School Feeding initiative to bring nutrition-sensitive gardens to 104 primary schools in four new districts, expanding our reach to an additional 83,000 children. With Save the Children we worked with 475 families in Mahama refugee camp and with the U.S. Sate Department we worked with 365 families in Kigeme refugee camp, bringing our model to more vulnerable families.
We are actively seeking more like-minded organizations to partner with and expand our impact.