The Ihangane Project is a nonprofit that achieves lasting good health for mothers and children in Rwanda by promoting community-driven solutions that improve primary care and strengthen national health systems.
In 2015, we began an initiative to support Rwanda's goal of eliminating childhood malnutrition. We call it Aheza, which means “a bright future” in Kinyarwanda.
Although healthy fortified porridge is proven to prevent childhood malnutrition, it remains prohibitively expensive for the vulnerable populations in much of rural Rwanda.
So, we began working with farmers to locally produce an affordable and healthy fortified porridge. Today we know that one serving of Aheza provides nearly 100% of the daily recommended quantities of micronutrients for children under 5.
In the communities where we work, our fortified porridge completely eliminated severe underweight among HIV-exposed infants, and greatly improved general nutrition for every child. In addition, 75% of our clinical program costs are now subsidized by the sales of our fortified porridge to large national distributors, which means that these high risk children in Ruli can receive porridge for free.
We want to reach more people. Join us! Generous donors pledged to match your gift 100% upwards of $15,000. If you give before July 31.
Because your donation is matched, your impact will be doubled:
$25 provides one child with porridge for the next 12 months
$50 provides two children with porridge for the next 12 months
$100 sponsors Aheza distribution for a women throughout her pregnancy to her child’s second birthday
$250 helps train 10 new farmers to join the grain procurement network and gain consistent incomes
$500 provides Aheza for 20 pregnant women and children for one year
$1,000 builds a new storage facility to help increase production of Aheza