COMBATING MALNUTRITION AND ENCOURAGE HEALTHY EATING HABITS FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN
The farming project is a project that was launched in cooperation with the organisation H.O.P.E for Tomorrow Inc.
For the farming project, we support a primary school in Adenkrebi by providing a nutritious lunch to aid in food security and combat malnutrition. At the beginning of the project, the school is supported financially by us to provide a nutritious meal for the students.
We are in the process of developing a school garden to provide direct access to vegetables and fruits for school lunch. Furthermore, our goal is to generate income from the garden. The funding will be slowly withdrawn until the school becomes self-sufficient.
Our team and an extension officer from the community will assist the school with the garden. The biology teacher who also teaches agriculture as part of the curriculum will also assist our team and help to integrate the school garden into the lessons so that the theoretical knowledge can be experienced in practice. The children have the opportunity to observe the garden as part of an extracurricular activity. We are developing a nutrition program in conjunction with the lunch initiative and school garden to provide education to students to reduce malnutrition among the youth.
Furthermore, AFAWI, H.O.P.E for Tomorrow Inc. will perform training on the topics of nutrition and health and provide assistance to students impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Adenkrebi is a very small community, so we rely on the help of the community to carry out this project. A member of the community has provided the land on which the school garden will be built. Furthermore, the community provides us with an extension officer who manages the garden and carries out the work there. The caterer who prepares nutritious meals for the school is also a member of the community.
The aim of this project is not only to provide the students with a nutritious meal but also to educate them about nutrition and health. The students can visit the school garden several times and to experience what they have learned in the agricultural lessons. The students are also given some responsibility because it is their garden, and they have to oversee it. The students are not expected to work on the farm, but to acquire various soft skills through monitoring, controlling, and researching.
The initiative wants to further increase the consumption of local vegetables, fruit, and protein.
AFAWI provides nutritious lunch to our partner school to aid in food security and combat malnutrition.
We are in the process of developing a school garden where vegetables and fruits are planted, such as cabbage, onions, tomatoes, aubergines, okra and courgettes. The items should be used to prepare healthy lunch for the students and generate income for the school caterer at one point so the project becomes self-sufficient.
We are hosting trainings in healthy nutrion, general health and wellbeing, hygiene and HIV/Aids with the school chidlren.