Gardens for Health International

Gardens for Health provides a new model of long-lasting agricultural solutions to health problems. We partner with rural health clinics to equip families facing malnutrition with resources and know-how for greater self-sufficiency.

Gardens for Health International
9 Avon Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
617 794 4197
http://www.gardensforhealth.org

Executive Director

Emma Clippinger

Management Team

Emma Clippinger, Julie Carney, Aaron Shapiro, Moses Kamanzi, Solange Impanoyimana, Sunday Justin Nzitatira, Bradley Snyder

Board of Directors

Emma Clippinger, Emily Morell, David Morell, Michael Merson, Laura Rowe, Jeffrey Leonard, Julie Carney, Aaron Shapiro, Moses Kamanzi, Solange Impanoyimana, Sunday Justin Nzitatira, Bradley Snyder

Mission

Gardens for Health provides a new model of long-lasting agricultural solutions to health problems. We partner with rural health clinics to equip families facing malnutrition with resources and know-how for greater self-sufficiency.

Programs

Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, there are mothers who cannot feed their children enough food, or enough of the right kinds of food. Their children become chronically malnourished, unable to focus in school, and sick. The common prescription for malnutrition is a three-month supply of fortified flour. Yet, the majority of those who receive these handouts rely on agriculture to feed themselves and their families. Of course, food handouts alone won't solve the long-term challenges that these families face. Many children will return to health clinics with more serious - and more expensive - illnesses. In Rwanda 43% of child deaths are attributed to malnutrition. But for the most part, health clinics do not have the capacity to address patients' basic nutritional needs. Gardens for Health provides a solution to this problem. With Gardens for Health, health clinics can prescribe seeds, livestock, agricultural training, and nutrition education - just as they would medication. Gardens for Health's agricultural agents work at the frontlines of malnutrition; they visit families at their homes and in their fields to help them grow more food. Home gardens are planted to optimize nutrition and value. Our package includes small animal livestock, like chickens or rabbits, in addition to seeds for a diverse array of fruits, vegetables and staple crops. Through a unique training curriculum, families gain the skills to sustain improvements in agriculture and chart paths towards better health. Gardens for Health's preventative approach enables families to avert crises and treatment failure, and to access increased nutritious food and income, which have been documented to result in better long-term health outcomes. By addressing the roots of malnutrition, Gardens for Healths' simple, economical, and effective model is a key step toward achieving both better health and lower costs.

Statistics on Gardens for Health International

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2011: $200,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $200,000
  • Other funding sources: Corporations Foundations Individual donors
  • Religious Affiliation: None