GlobeMed at Middlebury partners with Gardens for Health International to combat childhood malnutrition in Rwanda.
Who We Are // GlobeMed at Middlebury
GlobeMed at Middlebury College partners with Gardens for Health International, a nonprofit that works in Rwanda to combat childhood malnutrition. Together, we work to incorporate agriculture and education into the clinical treatment of childhood malnutrition.
Our Partner // Gardens for Health International in Gasabo, Rwanda
"What if doctors prescribed seeds?"
Gardens for Health International (GHI), located in Ndera, Rwanda, was founded in 2007 by three college students who were determined to fight one of the largest causes of death in Rwanda and many other countries: childhood malnutrition. In order to do this, GHI broke away from the traditional short-term solution of handouts and aid, and instead turned to agriculture in hopes of finding a sustainable fix.
With most Rwandans already involved in the agricultural field but lacking the knowledge and resources to nutritiously feed their families, GHI worked with this pre-existing infrastructure to develop a robust program that combats childhood malnutrition.
Our Project // $15,000 to Strengthen Programmatic Capacity Building
In 2010, GHI launched its Health Center Program, in which field staff run training sessions out of government health centers throughout the country, where they teach families how to maintain a home garden, feed children meals with proper nutrients, raise livestock, and cover a comprehensive health curriculum. Through this program, GHI has been successful in spreading education and resources to thousands of Rwandans, leaving families with agency over their own health.
Last year, GHI expanded to ten new health centers in Rwanda, totaling to 18 health centers out of which GHI works. Through this expansion, GHI plans to serve 2,160 families this year alone.
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