Zenon Ndikuriyo, who works as a Health and Nutrition Coordinator with Concern for Concern in Burundi, explains how the scheme is going from strength to strength.
“The (home garden) is a simple structure; circular and raised above the ground with an inner circular basket in the centre where compostable waste is added to nourish the soil,” Zenon wrote.
“The gardens produce an array of vegetables ranging from cabbages to carrots. They provide a nutritious and diversified diet to families, especially children under five for whom nutrition is so crucial.”
Zenon and our team provide families in Burundi with the materials necessary to build the gardens.
“What’s more, we also provide agricultural, hygiene and cookery training to families. The training is led by selected community members who are trained on nutrition and childcare practices.
In 2018, more than 2,300 people benefitted from the work of Concern-trained ‘light mothers’, who promote breastfeeding and good nutrition, as well as food preparation and best practices in terms of hygiene.
Almost 80% of the country’s population live in extreme poverty, and the maternity mortality rate is among the highest across the globe. For every 100,000 births, 740 mothers lose their lives.
Concern has been operational in Burundi, one of the world’s poorest countries, since 1997 and we currently implement programmes focusing on health, nutrition and livelihoods in Bubanza, Cibitoke and Kirundo Provinces.
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