As an organization, we are committed to reaching the most vulnerable populations, and we recognize that refugees face the greatest constraints of any population towards achieving balanced nutrition. In 2017 we became an official operating partner of UNHCR and the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) in Rwanda. Under this partnership, we have expanded our programming to Rwandan refugee camps, working closely with refugee populations in Mahama and Kigeme camps.
Food assistance quality in refugee camps is traditionally poor, and often fails to meet all of the nutritional needs of vulnerable populations. For years, camp residents have been subsisting in large part on food aid. Our model focuses on providing families with the ability to supplement their existing diet with nutritious foods. We simultaneously supply them with information about which foods to purchase or grow and how to prepare balanced meals with very limited time, water, and fuel resources.
With Save the Children in Fall 2017, we worked with 475 families in Mahama refugee camp, bringing our model of nutrition-sensitive agriculture and comprehensive nutrition trainings and cooking demonstrations to the refugee camp setting. We are currently conducting trainings with 300 families and farmers in Kigeme refugee camp with support from the United States Government’s Julia Taft Fund.