Building Healthy and Resilient Communities - Empowering Youth and Rural Women
HEALTH, AGRICULTURE AND LIVESTOCK FARMING
The main project is the prevention of chronic malnutrition in children under 10 (with particular interest for those under 5) in South Kivu through:
Production and distribution (in nutritional centers) of high protein biscuits.
Nutrition education through a door-to-door approach (via our community relays) and through our Radio program.
Empowerment of rural women gathered in agricultural cooperatives where agriculture and livestock farming are promoted. The crops on which the women of our cooperatives work are: cowpea, corn, soy, sorghum, rice and peanut.
We locally produce leaf extracts (protein concentrates that are used to enrich cookies and porridge given to malnourished children).
According to UNICEF (2016 Report), the chronic malnutrition rate in South Kivu is 53% (= the highest rate of all the provinces in the country), a real scourge. To fight this scourge, we propose local and sustainable solutions!
We do advocacy to obtain medical equipment and supplies for needy hospitals. Thanks to our partner (Project C.U.R.E), we have equipped two major hospitals in South Kivu: Ciriri General Hospital and Katana General Hospital. The two hospitals serve an estimated population of 600,000 people.
Through the Provincial Association of Midwives, we support midwives in underserved areas to prevent maternal and neonatal mortality.
We harvest cowpea leaves in our fields, we crush them, we squeeze them, we collect the green juice that will be heated to obtain a protein concentrate.
Leaf extracts have been proven to improve the nutritional status and health status of those who incorporate them into their diet, as shown in this scientific article done by our partners from the Association for the Promotion of Leaf Extracts in Nutrition (APEF) / France, in collaboration with Leaf for Life partners (Berea, Kentuck, USA), the University of Bristol in England and the University of Reims-Champagne-Ardenne. This article, taken over by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), concerns leaf extracts of alfalfa: