AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD SECURITY, NUTRITION, AND WELLNESS
BBR is dedicated to foster sustainable best agriculture practices that promote food access and food security in Rwanda. In 2011, BBR decided to enhance the Government of Rwanda malnutrition campaign that engages residents to build household kitchen gardens in their backyards. The goal of this program was to reduce the reliance on the market to satisfy everyday household food needs. Our work developed a linkage between food production, healthy nutrition, and active living.
A year after BBR’s Training of Trainers’ workshop in how to build household kitchen gardens, testimonials from our community workshop participants spoke volume.“My family no longer goes to bed hungry. We walk to the kitchen garden and harvest the vegetables we need to make supper.”
A mother of four told us: “A few weeks ago, my vision was blurry. I went to the health center and the doctor asked me when was the last time I had greens. I couldn’t remember. He suggested that I include greens into my diet. Luckily, when I came home, the garden was ready to be harvested. We’ve been eating greens ever since and now look at me? my skin is glowing; my vision is back to normal. I couldn’t be happier.”
INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPACITY BUILDING
In 2009, BBR entered into an agreement with Developing World Connections, a Kamloops-based NGO that sends volunteers to the developing worlds. BBR agreed to host Canadian volunteers for a two to four week-stay where they volunteer to work side by with Rwandans who are rebuilding their communities. We created a learning exchange program where international volunteers interact with local residents in working on infrastructure development projects. Together, we built a center of innovation where local Rwandans organizations could carry out joint activities that take environmental problems and turn them into social economic opportunities. The Covaga Innovation Centre will house a boutique, a weaving studio, a meeting place and a kitchen and the backyard to serve as a reception area.
ADULT EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
During the years leading to the post-genocide liberation of Rwanda, many Rwandans lost the opportunity to continue their education because of war and ethnic discrimination. In post-genocide Rwanda, adult education training became the pillar of community development and social inclusion during Rwanda’s reconstruction process.
In Gashora, several people expressed their desire to start small businesses, to fight abject poverty. BBR plans to continue the adult capacity building, helping future entrepreneur design and develop business plans that will allow them to earn money to build their start-up initiatives
We believe that development and environment are two sides of the same coin. Sustainable development calls every one of us to be mindful that our action today should ensure that we leave the land in a better state that we found it, so that future generations can prosper. The Government of Rwanda has set a solid foundation for environmental stewardship, BBR adds value to this vision and mission.
Every last Saturday of the month in Rwanda, residents gather to protect their environment and discussing issues that affect their community.
COVAGA harvests water hyacinth plants and uses their stem to weave baskets they sell to the market. The hyacinth’s roots have a high nitrogen content and serve as organic fertilizer. The leaves feed livestock.
BBR carried our research that uses human waste and turns it into fertilizer for our vegetable garden.
We work with residents and local community leaders to recycle their agricultural waste and create fertilizer.
Primary and Secondary school students can be the conduit of lifestyle change, especially when it comes to water conservation and management.