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Eliminating Child Malnutrition by Training Parents to Create Kitchen Gardens

Issue: In the Mahembe community of the Byimana sector, a group of teachers has grown concerned about the large number of children suffering from malnutrition and malnutrition-associated illness. Parents do not have the knowledge to prepare balanced and sufficient food for their children.

Solution: We train parents how to create kitchen gardens and to prepare balanced meals using local products. We also train kids not to stigmatize malnourished children. When malnutrition is reduced, the number of children passing the national exams in school increases.

12-Month Goals:

  • The proportion of children passing the exam will increase from 60% to 70%
  • Malnutrition will be decreased by 40%
  • Conflict related to poison accusations will decrease by 30%
  • 100% of trainees will prepare balanced meals
  • Stigmatization will reduce by 20% (from an estimated 40%-60%)
  • 2 out of 8 children who dropped out because of malnutrition will return to school
  • 20% more parents will send malnourished children to school
  • 50% of women trained in weaving will have income to buy what they need
  • After four years, this team of teachers aims to have 95% of students passing their national exams

Project Details

Location: Mahembe Sector, Kigali City
Team Members: 19
Beneficiaries: 325
Launched: 2010


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