It looks and smells like an ordinary garden on campus, but this garden is extraordinary to women in Rwanda who are trying to piece their lives back together.

A collaboration between the School of Public Health and the University of Alberta has made a larger-than-life impact in Rwanda. The garden has already raised $2,000 for Rwanda.

“Every penny of what we make here goes to Rwanda,” said Sarah Bowen, professor with the School of Public Health, and garden initiator.

The garden grows vegetables sold to locals for a non-profit government organization in Rwanda that supports women who have survived domestic violence and are living with HIV/AIDS.

The difference that $50 makes over there is tremendous, garden volunteer Deanne Langlois-Klassen said — that could get secure housing and water for a month. The garden can be viewed on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m., and Tuesdays from 7 9 p.m at Green & Gold Community Garden. All seeds and plants are donated. To purchase food from the garden, visit the website.

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