Education and training
Although KU’s immediate aim is to improve nutrition and, therefore, healing among our beneficiaries, the program also provides education and training on nutrition, health, agriculture, and livelihood skills to decrease the impact of poverty and malnutrition among children and their families. From preliminary surveys, families do not always cultivate the most nutritious crops, and the typical Rwandan diet is about 70% starch. When their crops fail due to too much or too little rainfall, they do not have the means to purchase food, and the family’s nutritional status worsens.
In partnership with staff and students from Catholic University of Rwanda (CUR) School of Nutrition and Public Health, Gardens for Health International (GHI), and Biocoop, KU conducts regular education and training of trainers and patients’ caregivers.
One example is the moringa program, wherein beneficiaries receive seeds, growing and cooking instructions, and nutritional information about the health benefits of this plant. Benefits of other common edible plants, such as the leaves of amaranths, beans, squashes, and sweet potatoes, are also emphasized in cooking demonstrations.