They were pioneers in banning child labor, tirelessly advocate for workers’ rights, and are the first private Rwandan company to establish a collective bargaining agreement with workers.
In April 2018, Sorwathe began distributing servings of a specially formulated breakfast porridge called Aheza to nearly 1,000 children at daycare centers and preschools in their region. Aheza contains crucial vitamins and minerals to prevent malnutrition and foster healthy childhood development.
Only three months after the Porridge Project started, observers noted a dramatic drop in underweight malnutrition – almost 70% - as well as the complete eradication of severe underweight malnutrition. With the Porridge Project running, smallholder farmers’ children in Kinihira and surrounding communities get a warm meal every day, empowering them to play, learn, and grow healthy and happy.
In 2020, an opportunity arose to collaborate with Sorwathe on expanding the program. Every year since, we purchase a year’s worth of Aheza porridge for an additional 200 children, all under the age of 2. In 2022, we expanded yet again. We now provide critical early life nutrition for 1,000 Rwandan children every day, matching the 1,000 sponsored by Sorwathe.