Babies found to be in the “red zone” of malnutrition were quickly brought to health and vibrancy through the intensive rehabilitative feeding program of EMBRACE.

Growth monitoring programs help health workers and parents keep their children in the “green zone” and on a path of good physical development.

ADRA’s EMBRACE project not only told families that they should feed their children a good variety of greens and vegetables, it showed them how to grow the food in organic kitchen gardens next to their homes.

One of the ambulances that were provided by Canada to help transfer people to health facilities in times of emergency, such as complications during childbirth.  The ambulance has already saved many lives.

A maternity clinic built by EMBRACE is providing a sanitary place for safe deliveries in one of the communities that had no health facilities.

This woman was very happy to share her experience as we took a photo of her and her baby.  “It was like I had given birth in Canada!”, she exclaimed.

Made from all local materials, a “tippy tap” helps young children easily wash their hands after using the toilet and before meals.

As an incentive to join the EMBRACE group, participants were invited to join a small savings and loans association.  This helped them develop new money management skills and access funds to create small business to increase their incomes.  For the “unbanked”, this has become one of the most appreciated aspects of the EMBRACE project.

Many of the most vulnerable families in the EMBRACE project received a cow.  A cow in Rwanda provides milk for the family, organic fertilizer for the kitchen garden, and income security as calves are born.  Every one who gets a cow from EMBRACE has to pass the cow along to another family in the village, once the first female calf has matured to ensure that the benefits of the project reach as many families as possible.  This simple measure is helping lift people out of poverty.

Milk from the EMBRACE cows are providing nutrition and income for families.

Before taking the gender sensitivity training from EMBRACE, this father didn’t help to take care of his children.  Today he has found new joy in teaching his children through play.

Introduced by EMBRACE, new crops such as tree tomatoes are providing a great source of income for people in Rwanda.

Agricultural training conducted in all of the high schools in the EMBRACE area have helped children of parents who are not a part of the project to take their new skills home to help their families.  All of the food grown in the demonstration gardens is donated to the school cafeterias to provide hot lunches for the students.

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Meet the People of Today’s Podcast

Reuben Muvunyi is the Project Manager for EMBRACE in Rwanda. Has worked with ADRA since 2008. Reuben managed three ADRA projects two of which were HIV/AIDS related. One of these projects was multinational, being implemented in seven African countries; Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and Malawi. Previously, Reuben worked with DFID in Rwanda from 2001 to 2008 where he gained extensive knowledge on the social sector in Rwanda.

Florence Niyonambaza  is the Field Coordinator for  Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights for EMBRACE Rwanda since 2016.  Florence is responsible for improving the skills of health providers, such as nurses and midwives, in six health centers in the EMBRACE project area.  The training that Florence provides to community health workers in maternal health related areas has greatly contributed to the reduction of maternal and child mortality in Rwanda.

Vincent Munyerari is the Field coordinator in charge of Community Engagement and Economic Empowerment for the EMBRACE Project in Rwanda. He also holds the position of Communication Focal Person for EMBRACE in Rwanda. He joined ADRA Rwanda in April 2016, when the EMBRACE Project was launched. Vincent joined ADRA with 24 years of experience in Community Development, having worked for six different organizations over the years. Vincent has been working on the front lines of EMBRACE, establishing the MCHGs (Mother and Child Health Groups) and organizing all of the various training and project activities.

Frank Spangler is the Multimedia Specialist in the Supporter Relations Department of ADRA Canada. When he is not out traveling the world filming and photographing ADRA stories, you will find him at his desk editing videos and photographs to help tell the story of ADRA’s work. He is also now producing this monthly podcast. Frank has been filming and producing videos for ADRA Canada since 1989 as a freelance producer. In 2014 he began working directly for ADRA Canada.