1000 Days of Motherhood

by Lifeline Energy
1000 Days of Motherhood

Project Report | Feb 3, 2017
1000 Days of Motherhood - Phase 2

By Kristine Pearson | CEO

Zambian listening group
Zambian listening group

The fourth quarter of each year is usually the quietest as year-end reports are due and programs begin to wind down for the festive season. Less fieldwork is conducted during this time, which is why our project update is a bit briefer than usual.

We've noted in all our previous reports that Bushes that Grow is name of the audio learning series for rural women’s listening groups that promotes the critical first 1000 days from conception in the womb until the age of two. Most of the mothers are subsistence farmers and are either illiterate or have a low level of education. 

Given the popularity of Bushes that Grow with mothers (and even some fathers), a second series has been created and is ready for distribution by our friends at National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFCC). Like the first series, it’s been produced in the four main local Zambia languages and English. The NFCC conducted extensive research through its local partners (and included feedback from Lifeline Energy, by the way) to determine what additional content was most wanted and needed.

As the majority of women are farmers, the second series includes additional information on growing food crops in water scarce areas, composting, and recipes for healthy meals using low cost ingredients. There are programs on the environment and habitat conservation, which include the dangers associated with deforestation and health issues linked with nutrient depletion from the soil. Clean and fuel-efficient cookstoves are emphasized to help preserve local trees and improve health outcomes.

The NFCC has made an urgent request to provide additional Lifeplayers to help support this important initiative to expand into new rural districts  Please consider continuing your support.

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Lifeline Energy

Location: Cape Town, South Africa - South Africa
Project Leader:
Kristine Pearson
Cape Town , South Africa

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