This week, Vera is celebrating International Women’s Day by highlighting the work of some of our partners who work to advance the rights, health and livelihoods of women and girls around the world. Our third installment features Gardens for Health International, an organization working with Rwandan mothers to tackle childhood malnutrition.
While Rwanda’s agricultural industry makes up 85% of employment and is the country’s economic mainstay, 44% of children under the age of 5 remain malnourished. Gardens for Health International works with mothers and families to overcome malnutrition by providing agricultural training that promotes crop biodiversity for improved diet, prescribing the best seeds available for good health. GHI also manages an innovative demonstration farm and agriculture training facility that provides employment to 30-50 economically vulnerable women each week.
Vera and GHI built an application to track participation in health and agricultural training and to monitor children’s key health indicators, like weight for height, over time. The system tracks baseline, midline, and follow-up surveys that test the nutritional and agricultural knowledge of individuals participating in training.
Stay in the loop with GHI’s innovative work here.