Building Resilience, Addressing Vulnerability

The recently completed USAID Ejo Heza program (“brighter future”)  aimed at improving the livelihoods and food consumption of 75,000 of Rwanda’s very poor, particularly women.

The  integrated development program designed to help meet Feed the Future’s global mandate to sustainably reduce global hunger and the Government of Rwanda’s (GOR) goals to increase agricultural production and improve nutrition. 

USAID Ejo Heza helped by building the capacity of low-income households to access financial services and necessary to grow their enterprises while assisting financial service providers to develop and deliver effective products to the rural market.USAID Ejo Heza focused on four main areas: improving adult literacy, providing access to financial services, increasing agricultural production and improved health and nutrition. 

With an additional $1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, the program reached another 50,000 smallholders, mostly women,to help them acquire practical knowledge about improved agricultural techniques and marketing of commodities.

Assisting vulnerable households, increasing self-reliance

The recently completed USAID Higa Ubeho program ("be determined and live") assisted over 75,000 vulnerable households in 23 districts. Working in partnership with local authorities and civil society, more than 5,000 new community-based service points were established with the goal of increasing self-reliance – services which benefited both vulnerable households and the wider community. 

Reintegrating Orphans and Vulnerable Adults into Family-based Care

With funding from the USAID's Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF), Global Communities and partner Hope and Homes for Children implemented the Ishema Mu Muryango (Pride for the Family) program, which worked to safely and sustainably reintegrate children and disabled adults living in institutions in two districts of Rwanda into their families or communities and prevent further institutionalization by developing family-based alternative care options. This included building the capacity of families and communities to provide better care to vulnerable children, increasing the capacity of local childcare professionals and creating an effective district-level childcare system able to address the individual needs of children. 

Supporting Small Farmers with the WalMart Foundation

With a $1 million expansion provided by the Walmart Foundation and additional matching funds provided by USAID through a Global Development Alliance, Global Communities was able to expand its farmer field school programs and provide nutritional training to 50,000 additional farmers, 60% of them women, under the USAID Ejo Heza program. The farmer field schools provided small farmers with the instruction, seeds, tools, and fertilizer needed to create demonstration plots and trained them on improved agricultural techniques, helping to improve their crop yields and increase their income. With the additional support from USAID, the farmers also receive training in developing nutritionally balanced diets for their families. 

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