Dec 17, 2020

Beating Covid-19 with Climate Change Resilience

It is a great joy to report that Tiko has had no case of covid-19. Also, the crew has had a positive reaction to the halving of their usual allowances and work time by putting great effort into the improvement of their cultivation methods with the hope of producing sufficient food for their families and having some produce to sell.

There were requests for covers for compost heaps, chicken wire to protect the bag gardens from chickens and seeds. Everyone was supplied with vegetable seeds, and seed for soya, cowpeas, groundnuts/peanuts, sunflower.  Soya, which also provides some protein, has become a favourite food crop. As it has increased in price, we gave out extra seed which means that people will also have some soya for sale in April/May 2021 if there is a good yield. 51 wells have been deepened.

The big news however is that we have been able to hold a workshop on the cultivation of yams, which provide a food staple throughout much of Africa. Yams are more tolerant of drought than maize and less attractive to grazing cattle. Work is going ahead to dig deep holes in which to plant the yams.

Thanks to all who have already contributed to this project which is continuing to help the members of the Tikondane Community through the hungry period with hope for the future.

Sep 9, 2020

Final Report 2020

Aids counsellor and facilitator
Aids counsellor and facilitator

This project lasted a year and three months. On testing for the fifth quarter, we found that the people who participated in it continued to follow that balanced diet we had recommended to them. This included eating Moringa leaves with peanuts or legumes to provide protein which was not affordable, like meat and eggs.

That this diet had an effect was clearly shown by the comparison of weights in March 2019, which was a normal ‘hunger month’ and those of March 2020 with a severe hunger period. Even though the 2020 hunger period was severe, people who had followed the recommended diet, were heavier than in the previous year. Those people who did not mention eating Moringa, had lost weight.

We took weights one more time, after the previous report, and found that all people had gained weight. This was not unexpected as June is the best month in the year with the harvest is coming in. Perhaps the most valuable result of this project is that in this very traditional society so many people had accepted and continued to follow this new diet. In other words, there is a change of mindset.

Thank you all for your wonderful and in some cases continuing help! It could not have come at a better time, just before covid-19 which resulted in Tikondane Community Centre losing all the income from the lodge and restaurant and us having to rush our overseas volunteers to the airport and cancel all the bookings for the year. Our director also had to cancel her fund-raising trip.

As it happened, Tiko under-fives did not suffer from malnutrition, which is another indication that our balanced diet works. We did not have to hand out ONENEPA. With the next crowdfunding project we wanted to demonstrate that our supplement does help not only to prevent the descent into moderate malnutrition, as we did in our first project, but does reduce mortality and manage severe malnutrition.

But sadly, with Covid-19 we first have to see to it that our crew of 75 make up for the loss of income by doubling their efforts in their fields, which is our next Crowdfunding project ‘Beating Covid-19 and climate change resilience for 75 families’, so this comes first.

 

Our Budget

3 Moringa tree seedlings for each family: 210 $

Moringa powder for all the families for 10 weeks: 1 000 $

1 kg Groundnuts for 75 families for 70 weeks:  2 800 $

Stationery: 500 $

Radio 14 months, half re balanced diet: 467 $

Care of pairs of scales: 233 $

One facilitator x 14 months: 280 $                                                              

Seeds of groundnut for next year: 1 050 $  

Sum: 6 540 $
(The budget count was made before the latest two donations, hence the difference - no money will be wasted!)

Thanks to our donors, the GlobalGiving Team and their platform, we could raise the funding goal two times and now reached it again. We will try to make a smooth transition to the next project No. 3 "Beating Covid-19 with climate change resilience", which is in the making.

livestock manager with 2 kids, now eating well
livestock manager with 2 kids, now eating well
Cook is inviting people to Moringa plus Nsinjiro
Cook is inviting people to Moringa plus Nsinjiro
Tiko night watchman with his wife, (grand)children
Tiko night watchman with his wife, (grand)children
Above: Moringa tree in full leaf. Ready to harvest
Above: Moringa tree in full leaf. Ready to harvest
Coppiced moringa trees being pruned.
Coppiced moringa trees being pruned.

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May 12, 2020

Cost-efficient Complete Nutrition in Rural Zambia

Final report on Tikondane Foundation’s second crowdfunding project

FINDING THE MINIMAL BALANCED DIET FOR ZAMBIAN VILLAGERS

CROWDFUNDING project No 1 provided a strong evidence that ONENEPA, a supplement to combat malnutrition, was successful in reducing malnutrition of children under-five in the villages, but it was observed that food, including ONENEPA, was shared amongst the family members.

This second project focused on the role of ONENEPA to reduce malnutrition of the family. For one year, 75 Tiko crew members, with an average of 7 dependent family members, were weighed and interviewed every three months, while being given 1 kg of a legume every week, plus, leaves from the moringa trees. The Tiko crew had planted the latter in previous years with a view of harvesting leaves, which provide a wide range of the vitamins, minerals, and protein necessary for the balanced diet.

In order to find out whether the new diet would make a difference, it was assumed that people who ate additional protein would lose less weight than others did in the hungry season before the next harvest, i.e. in March. This hypothesis was strongly confirmed. Over a year, 44 complete sets of data showed that 22 people gained weight in the lean season compared to that a year earlier, although this year the harvest was an especially bad one and few crops had lasted for the year. The weight of 15 crew members did not change and 7 lost weight. From the interviews about what they had eaten the previous day, only one of the 7 who had lost weight mentioned eating moringa plus a legume. This indicated a significant difference between those who gained weight or did not change and the 7 who had lost weight. The trend is significant.

It is also likely that the diet with added protein also had a positive effect on the under-fives. In the absence of control groups for the adults, the results are not conclusive, however in both control groups of the under-fives 30% of the children had malnutrition, whereas none of the Tiko children were malnourished and thus did not need ONENEPA to supplement their diet. Children who came to Tiko half-way through the year benefitted from ONENEPA as a supplement.

In conclusion, it will be worthwhile to teach the rural population in Katete District and further afield about the advantages of the improved nutrition, which results from eating moringa with any type of leguminous foodstuff. This change will be of benefit to all children, but especially so to those under five, and to adults.

With the global pandemic threats, such as currently the COVID-19, providing such a cheap balanced diet, which improves significantly the immune system, is especially beneficial for the heavily malnutritioned local population.

Tikondane Community Centre

Date: 12 May 2020

 

 

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