We are greatful for your continued partnership. Here is some exciting news from the field:
According to the long-term nutrition program plan, the nutrition program has been implemented in an increasing number of villages. In March, the nutrition program was implemented in Muea. Due to time constraints, the first two phases of the program were implemented over two consecutive days, instead of the usual three days for the first two phases. Most of Muea’s female community leaders and members joined the program, such that there were 17 women participating. Three FORUDEF staff led the program over the two days.
On the first day, the participants joined in the training workshop, where the rationale and foundation for a healthy diet was reviewed. The Muea participants discussed the components of a healthy, balanced diet; common ailments that result from an unbalanced diet; positive health and lifestyle benefits of nutrition; and how to meal plan in a way that incorporates nutritious practices. Phase two of the nutrition program was implemented on the second day, where the participants and FORUDEF facilitators prepared traditional dishes that incorporated the balanced diet principles discussed in the previous day’s training. The participants and facilitators discussed the methods used in preparation and the nutrients in each dish, and shared the meal together. During the meal, FORUDEF staff reviewed information discussed in the training workshop and answered the participants’ questions.
Feedback from the training was that the women found it enlightening and insightful, and understood the link between healthy eating and sickness in their families and community. FORUDEF will monitor progress and commitment towards healthy eating on their scheduled return trips to Muea over the next six months. In addition, FORUDEF plans to implement the nutrition program in Akwaya village in April, and continues to monitor the progress of villages and groups that have participated in the past.
We are so thankful for the generous support we have received from our supporters over the last few months. We truly could not do this without you.
The nutrition program continues to draw much interest and we hope to deliver this program to all the communities seeking to improve their overall nutritional health and well-being. To do this, we need to keep promoting the program locally and raising support internationally. Through Global Giving and our generous supporters, we are able to make incremental steps towards reaching our goals for healthier communities in Cameroon. Thank you for your support of and interest in the work we are doing.
We are excited with the healthy nutrition movement that is happening in local communities. We continue to promote the nutrition program through local radio programs in the Buea region and the nutrition program is drawing plenty of interest. Providing nutritional information and methods are having tangible health benefits in rural communities where they are most needed. Healthy diets are leading to healthier communities and healthier communities are allowing individuals and families to achieve their full potential. We see this happening in the communities we partner with and this encourages us to keep working each day towards tangible, empowering, and positive change.
Once again, we thank you for your continued support. We hope to soon update you with more exciting news from the communities and individuals utilizing our nutrition program.
We would like to thank you for your continued support of and interest in the work we are doing. In this progress report we are attaching a summary of the training we carried out with a new women's group. It was a great opportunity for us to work with women to share the importance of family nutrition and empower women with the knowledge needed to implement a health diet.
FORUDEF’s nutrition program continues to generate growing interest and support in the Buea and Akwaya Subdivision, and we are excited with the healthy nutrition movement happening in local communities. We continue to promote the nutrition program through local radio programs in the Buea region and the nutrition program continues to draw plenty of interest. We have many groups to work with, so it is just a matter of making the most of our time and resources as we work to empower individuals and communities with the transforming knowledge of healthy diets.
We believe in, and see in communities, the many benefits that arise out of a healthy diet. Providing nutritional information and methods are having tangible health benefits in rural communities where they are most needed. Healthy diets are leading healthier communities and healthier communities allow individuals and families to achieve their full potential.
First of all, we would like to sincerely thank our generous Global Giving donors for their continued support. We could not do this without you.
Second, we would like to share about the exciting new partnership we have made with a local community.
During the nutrition training we were conducting in Bonakanda (a local village), the FORUDEF banner and the training workshop attracted the attention of the president of a Common Interest Group in Bova II, a neighboring village. He came into the community hall and met with us. After a few questions and some discussion, we realized that the CIG in Bova II (Green Hills) village shares many common objectives with FORUDEF. The Green Hills' CIG works with bee hives for honey production, and also nurses various fruit trees for both improved honey quality (conservation) and the villagers’ diets. One of their main objectives was also to improve the nutrition of their village, but they lacked expertise.
This meeting was like a dream come true, as it allowed us to partner with another village and it allowed them to gain some valuable training and knowledge. After FORUDEF staff paid a visit to the group and their demonstration farm, FORUDEF decided to work with the Green Hills community. Since then we have carried out the first two phases of the nutrition program. The community has embraced the program and they are using their new knowledge and training to improve the nutrition of their families and community.
“With what we have learned, we will never be the same again. We had the food but did not know the better mix." ~Mojoko, community participant
We continue to see interest in our program grow and we are grateful for the opportunities we have to partner with new communities.
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South West Region,