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 Children  Ghana Project #4027

End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana

by Self-Help International
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
Kobriti Kindergartners Enjoying Breakfast
Kobriti Kindergartners Enjoying Breakfast

Kobriti is a small farming village of 500 inhabitants, 7.5 miles from the district capital Ejura. The inhabitants are predominantly settler-farmers who migrated from the northern part of Ghana. Typical of most rural communities, Kobriti lacks the most basic infrastructure, most notably, electricity. The primary school in the village has only three classrooms, built of cement blocks. The remaining classes include a nursery and Kindergarten organized under trees. The school serves children of the Kobriti village as well as several other villages, some as far as 1.5 miles away. Children, as young as two, walk to and from school daily and are required to cross a waterway that can be flowing too fast for crossing. As a result, children are unable to attend classes for days, possibly weeks, until the water levels decrease. 

Realizing the great benefits that children derived from the school-feeding program organized by Self-Help International the people of Kobriti decided to continue with the program under the strong leadership of Martha Bruckner. When the feeding program was started, on average of 45 children were fed daily. One year later, the impacts of the program were clear as more children continued to turn up for school. The average daily number of children fed increased to 80. The children are fed either breakfast or lunch— prepared from QPM or rice grown locally in the community. The increased enrollment was key in the government’s decision to continue building classrooms in Kobriti.


Members of the community gave the following reasons to explain why they reorganized the feeding program and why it has grown exponentially:

  • Parents and the community as a whole noticed and appreciated the substantial differences in the growth and general well being of the children during periods that they were fed under the program and periods that they were not.
  • School attendance during the feeding period wasfar better than during the period of no feeding.
  • Cases of skin diseases among school childrenwere far lower during the feeding period.

Martha Bruckner, Kobriti’s representative at the district assembly for 12 years, is the driving force behind the community’s development. She is now the District Chief Executive for the Ejura Sekyedumase district.

Thank you for your generosity and support. Your donations have helped to improve the lives of children at the Kobriti School as well as in other Ghanaian communities.

Martha with 3 of her adopted children.
Martha with 3 of her adopted children.

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Charles July 27 - Before
Charles July 27 - Before

Early this summer, while the Self-Help staff was visiting the women at Ohene Nkwanta for its micro-credit program, they noticed a very malnourished child sitting beside his mother, Janet. His stomach was terribly distended, with frail arms and legs. Immediately following the meeting, project officer, Benjamin, met with the mother to learn more about the family. 

Three-year-old Charles is one of four children. Janet explained that Self-Help loans have been a Godsend as she is better able to provide for her children. At the time, however, Charles’ malnourishment was beyond what she was capable of improving. Self-Help stepped in to provide the mother with QPM (quality protein maize) porridge and vitamins for Charles, in an effort to alleviate his health issues. Self-Help also provided Janet with a loan so that she could purchase health insurance for the entire family.

As you can see from the photos, on July 27, before Charles was given porridge and vitamins, he faced serious health problems. The second photo taken only one month later, August 31, already shows a transformation taking place!  More support is needed for Charles, but he is improving, and we will keep track and share with you his progress.

Thank you so much for caring for children like Charles. The vitamins are truly making a difference!

Charles Aug. 31 - After
Charles Aug. 31 - After
Abraham 2012
Abraham 2012

Having never been to Ghana before, I was absorbing every conversation, every meeting, and every experience at the various sites we visited. Among those experiences are hours and hours of stories to tell, pictures to share, and videos to replay. Playing soccer on dirt roads with kids after school, butchering the little Twi'i I knew and eating local fruits with beneficiaries in their villages became common practice. One memory that is especially dear to me was when I met Abraham and his mother during one of our meetings outside of Kobriti. 

I was shown a picture of Abraham when he was young and a bit malnourished. His mother had just started her first loan and over the next two years, she invested in her business and it paid off! She has expanded her business and Abraham has surely benefited from the loans as well. He had been eating QPM-enriched porrige and grew a significant amount. Shy, yet full of energy and playful with his mother, Abraham will start school soon and coincidently be one of the tallest kids in his class. Our executive director, Merry, did not recognize him until she was told who he was. As his mother carried chairs out of our meeting area, Abraham easily walked to the car with a large bowl full of palm fruit balanced on his head. He was happy to hand us mangoes from the back of the truck, initiative that was not taken last year when he was much shyer and not nearly as strong. At his young age, he is very healthy and strong, obvious signs that the QPM porridge has positively-affected his growth. 

Abraham 2010
Abraham 2010
Growing Up
Growing Up

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Mothers Learn Too

Infants and children aren’t the only ones benefitting from Self Help International’s
vitamin program in Ghana, mother’s benefit too!

Mothers of children receiving the protein enriched vitamin supplements are not only learning good
health and nutrition practices when they bring their children to the feeding centers.
Self Help staff provides valuable training and education about nutrition, sanitation and
hygiene  - information these mothers would otherwise not have access too. 

The women then put the new information and techniques into practice in their homes and with their
families. “It’s like a ripple effect,” says Merry Fredrick, Self Help
International Director. “ Mothers inform their families who then inform their
communities. . .the improved practices spread and the entire community
benefits.”

Investing in this education further enhances the benefits of Self Help’s QPM porridge feeding
program to increase protein intake, as well as its distribution of vitamins.
Sound family healthcare practices complement the program and decreased frequency of
illnesses continues..

Ghanian women discuss new information
Ghanian women discuss new information

Mothers Learn Too

Infants
and children aren’t the only ones benefiting from Self Help International’s
vitamin program in Ghana, mother’s benefit too!


Mothers of children
receiving the protein enriched vitamin supplements are not only learning good
health and nutrition practices when they bring their children to the feeding centers.
Self Help staff provides valuable training and education about nutrition, sanitation
and hygiene  - information these mothers
would otherwise have no access too. 


The women then put
the new information and techniques into practice in their homes and with their
families. “It’s like a ripple effect,” says Merry Fredrick, Self Help
International Director. “ Mothers inform their families who then inform their communities.
. .the improved practices spread and the entire community benefits.”


Investing in this
education further enhances the benefits of Self Help’s QPM porridge feeding
program to increase protein intake, as well as its distribution of vitamins.
Sound family healthcare practices complement the program and reduction in
illnesses continues to decline.




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Location: Waverly, IA - USA
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Project Leader:
Nora Tobin
Waverly, Iowa United States
$37,444 raised of $43,000 goal
 
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