Community engagement

  “In the beginning, we couldn’t gather everyone for community health education. Then we started telling the story through drums and dancing. It became a way to bring everyone together and share our vision of a healthier future.”    - Peter Ndayihereje, Director of Community Engagement

“In the beginning, we couldn’t gather everyone for community health education. Then we started telling the story through drums and dancing. It became a way to bring everyone together and share our vision of a healthier future.”

- Peter Ndayihereje, Director of Community Engagement

Our Community Engagement is not only the link through which we establish trust and develop solidarity with local community members, but is the very vessel through which we deliver — and transform — every element of our programming from health to education to agriculture and economic development.

Our meaningful community connections mean that we can provide services that are culturally relevant and responsive to community-defined priorities. We receive regular feedback from our volunteers on community health needs, the perception of our practices, and how we might tailor programming to better fit our community. In 2017, we witnessed our volunteers lend their strength to repair the road to our clinic and plant thousands of trees to prevent erosion and replenish slash-and-burn land. We delivered health promotion messages through our drum circles, created films on mental health and nutrition and held screenings across the villages, and gave community trainings on preventing deforestation and using sustainable farming practices. The community repeatedly demonstrates their commitment to our mission. With their support we have grown our programs, reaching more patients and students each year.