Kuraneza Project

Kuraneza Project

Good Physical, Social, and Cognitive Growth

Kuraneza is Kinyarwanda for good physical, social, and cognitive growth. The project contributes to reducing maternal and child mortality in rural Rwanda, where infant and under-five mortality and chronic malnutrition rates remain unacceptably high. CARE Rwanda is implementing this four-year child survival project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and District Social Affairs and Social Development Unit. 

The Kuraneza project integrates training and interventions for mothers on key areas of child health. It is based on 3 strategic approaches, linking ECD with child survival interventions:

  1. Home visits for pregnant and breastfeeding women until the child reaches 1.5 years. 
  2. Home based ECD where children benefit from early childhood stimulation games and nutritious meals from parents who take turns caring for them in a selected household.
  3. ECD centers for children aged 4 to 6 years, staffed by trained caregivers and providing regular nutritious meals.

All participating mothers are trained in:

  1. early childhood development and stimulation/play based activities 
  2. child safety, protection, and rights
  3. maternal and child health

Through the Kuraneza Project, CARE Rwanda builds on existing ECD programs to contribute to national policies and strategies for early childhood development. 


For further information, please see the attached document. To learn more about the models used for this project, please see the Models page.

Project Achievements

Since 2010, the project has supported more than 12,000 mothers and children under the age of five.

Project Info

  • Start Date: 2010 January
  • Program: Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program
  • District: Kamonyi
  • Number of beneficiaries: 12,000
  • Partners: Rwanda Nutrition Society


Models used:

  • Early Childhood Development Model