Nutrition & Fitness for Immigrant Community

by Darfur Women Network, DWN Vetted since 2013 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit

Darfur Women Network is committed to working within the community to encourage healthy lifestyle options including fitness and nutrition.

Our series provided many immigrant and refugee women with a wonderful opportunity to connect with one another, learn more about living healthier lifestyles for themselves and their families as well as integrating common US practices with personal traditional culture.

We will be coordinating another series with new fitness and nutrition instructors as this helps us provide our community with more diversity and idea solutions. Some of our former volunteers will be returning, but we are excited to welcome new voices and faces.

We look forward to providing our upcoming schedule and hope to double our attendance in the next cycle.

Thank you to all of our volunteers, supporters and participants! It's your commitment that makes our work possible!

Dear friends,


The Darfur Women Network initiated the Nutrition and Fitness project for immigrant women to help them to change their own culture to maintain their healthy lifestyles.


In fact, exercise is one of the most important for them to lose weight, lower the risk of some diseases, and feel happy about themselves.


As we shares with you on November 2017, we are hoping to duplicate our program to benefit immigrant women. Now, a few young women have joined some fitness clubs, but there are many are still need help to change their culture and exercise.

Immigrant women are in need to learn how they can set up their fitness goals and how to work out to achieve their goals.

We were working with students from Butler University to help us. The students each had 20 hours to help. Therefore, we had students write some grant proposals and we are waiting for the response.

If you have any ideas, please share them with us!


Your recommendation and your feedback are valuable to help us to improve this project.

Immigrant women participate in fitness class
Immigrant women participate in fitness class

Dear friends and supporters,

On behalf Darfur Women Network, I would like to express my gratitude for your support! We had a great pilot project with our Nutrition and Fitness program. Some members met their preferred fitness goals, while others did not, but we all experienced a great change in connection and learning. 

All of us have a dream to continue our Nutrition and Fitness program to maintain our healthy lifestyles. However, we are still dreaming.

I am very sorry for late report. I am waiting for update from students from Butler University. They are volunteering to help with this project through areas of grants, funding and writing as well as seeking out outdoor spaces for gardening provided by churches, organizations, and community centers. I will meet with this group on this Friday, November 10/11/2017. 

The Darfur Women Network calls on GlobalGiving to help with this project. Last month, I had to take two immigrant women to fitness club due to recommendation from their doctors. They have membership now, but they walk while wearing Islamic clothes. They can’t use machine or attend any classes due to their religious obligation. 

One of my plans is to discuss with the students our needs to area advocates to help us to reach out to more people during Year-End-Campaign. 

Thank you so much for your support, 

Your recommendation and your feedback is valuable to help us to improve this project.


Dear our friends and our supporters,

We are grateful for your support and your generosity! We are so sorry about lack of progress in our Nutrition and Fitness despite of the important of the program to healthy life styles.

Before we started our pilot project, we had a hard time to convince immigrant women to join the project to maintain a healthy life style.

However, after six months of learning about nutrition facts, healthy cooking demonstration, and exercise to lose weight, they learned by practice how to maintain better health and knowledge about maintaining healthy life styles.

 Now, every time the immigrants gather, they express their interest in joining Nutrition and Fitness program to lose weight and to learn about healthy meals and cooking.

 Unfortunately, we are still looking for fitness coach and nutritionist. We posted request for volunteers on VolunteerMatch site, our Facebook page, and other social media.

We talked to some people to help us and we are still asking you to share our request with your network to help us to resume this great project to help immigrant women to benefit from this project.

 Moreover, we are looking for space to help immigrants to grow their organic food to eat healthy food despite their low income.

 This project is about changing the culture and eating habits of immigrants. Living in America is a different lifestyle. There is less walking and more driving, lack of access to fresh organic food, and less manual work at home. As a result, all these factors lead to increased obesity and an unhealthy life.

Thank you


Dear our  friends and our supporters,

We are looking for volunteers to help with Nutrition and Faintness Program as fitness coaches since our past coaches, Renee and Mary Ann, completed their volunteering period in January. Women are worried about their health after they lost a remarkable amount of weight and ended up gaining it back. It is hard for us, but we do not have any alternative choices.

This program is about changing the culture and eating habits of immigrants. Living in America is a different lifestyle. There is less walking and more driving, lack of access to fresh organic food, and less of manual work at home. As a result, all these factors lead to obesity and an unhealthy life.

We covered label reading, food facts, and healthy food cooking demonstration. We are planning to make the traditional meals from different countries healthier by substituting some unhealthy ingredients and the way of cooking by focusing on baking, grilling, steaming, etc.

In addition, I reached out to a volunteer who expressed her interest in helping with nutrition, on Wednesday April 12, 2017. She focuses on traditional food and substitutions. I sent her a volunteer agreement form and I am still waiting for the returned document in order to call our clients to set up time in order to layout the schedule and the syllabus.

On March 10th, I had the grand opportunity to be a guest speak at Women of Grace event organized by Parkview healthcare System (PHS). The Diversity Director of PHS reached out to me on April 15th and told me PHS is interested in supporting our program. We were very excited to hear that and hoping that women start to benefit from this program to maintain their healthy lifestyles and their families’

Moreover, the DWN and its partners were able to provide immigrant communities in Indianapolis with access to nutritional programs, healthy cooking, and smart shopping classes as well as access to education and resources about nutrition.  As a result, with the help of our donors, our volunteers, and our partners we were able to provide these women with service for their healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families.

Thank you so much for your support.


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Darfur Women Network, DWN

Location: Indianapolis, IN - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Mastora Bakhiet
Indianapolis, IN United States
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