Tiko program: Preventing hunger and malnutrition

by Tikondane Community Centre
Tiko program: Preventing hunger and malnutrition
Tiko program: Preventing hunger and malnutrition
Tiko program: Preventing hunger and malnutrition
Tiko program: Preventing hunger and malnutrition
Tiko program: Preventing hunger and malnutrition
Tiko program: Preventing hunger and malnutrition
Tiko program: Preventing hunger and malnutrition
Tiko program: Preventing hunger and malnutrition
Tiko program: Preventing hunger and malnutrition
Tiko program: Preventing hunger and malnutrition
Tiko program: Preventing hunger and malnutrition
Tiko program: Preventing hunger and malnutrition

Project Report | Jan 3, 2024
Report No. 3 - success with the "steps program"

By Elke Kroeger-Radcliffe | Voluntary Director

'home based cares' (HBC) happy about the program
'home based cares' (HBC) happy about the program

Tiko asked from January 2023 for help with a development project that would improve the nutrition as well as the livelihood of small-scale farmers. We had to inform you that with the rainy season having come extremely late, we could only get started in June, but in October we could report proudly that the villagers had taken to the ideas vigorously, truly unheard of in the past. From the 32 vegetable rings we had expected, we found 29 after only 6 weeks.

There were only 32 active health workers (home based carers or HBC) and 5 retired ones that had learned about vegetable for AIDS patients in 2005, but we now have 95 households fully involved, 40 of them with three vegetable rings, just three months later. Whether they made these three rings themselves or with their neighbors, they were entitled to help with a pigeon kraal, a rabbit warren, a clay-stove for mini-pieces of firewood and an outside kitchen with it, as well as for help with a private woodlot. Tiko is paying for the items that must be bought, the villagers do the rest. It came to pass, though, that for some tools Tiko agreed half, if the watering can or an axe were made in the village and cheaper than in Katete shops.

40 households are about to start pigeons and 40 more are requesting such help.

24 are about to be ready for parent rabbits and 68 want to start.

25 have a stove and 59 have requested that the Tiko builder start with the base of the kitchen, so that now, with rainy season ongoing, the clay stove does not melt.

Discussion indicated that a woodlot for the village was not going to work, unless there was an existing small forest that now would be protected. To our surprise, at our evaluation visit middle of December we found 24 private woodlots plus another four places with a fence and 34 interested farmers, a truly impressive result. The idea with small pieces of firewood from one’s own trees had become attractive.

The biggest result has to do with nutrition, however. In two past projects with children in the villages, where Tiko asked what the families had been eating the day before, the results was 98% Nsima, the famous maize pap or maize porridge. This time, out of three food groups, maize was only 50%, while vegetable was 20% - fantastic progress.

Also, 67 out of 95 had bought or sold something project-related from/to neighbours, which is not customary. 66 out of 95 said they had been thinking of the need for a shop – the way to agriculture as a business seems to come into being.

Tiko has spent more than was projected as $ 7,800, namely $ 9,400. Tiko would love to continue the project and ask for another $ 5,800 to meet most existing requests. There are many more people from other areas – 30 people rang in, when we mentioned the project in our radio time and 7 new areas were found, who would love to get started.

Also, it was clear from the outcome that other tricks, Tiko thought to have been teaching for years and years, did not get heard. Nobody mentioned that they were eating Moringa vegetable, but 23 mentioned beans. Had they added Moringa to that meal, they would have had the complete protein, which could be added to soya 3% and would have increased the protein eaten with Kapenta dry fish (meat was only mentioned once, namely goat) at 8% to 11%. – In comparison, all the Tiko crew of now 64 grow Moringa trees at their homes.

If we could ask for another $ 1 for presenting each household in the 35 villages that were helped by Tiko, with two Moringa seedlings, that recipe would be noticed. Villages differ enormously, but on the average, they have 40 households, so 35 villages would have 1,400 households. If we could distribute the seedlings at the end of the project, you can be sure that there will be again an improvement in the balance of the diets. We will evaluate our efforts every three months and report.

As mentioned above and since the program lets us develop our longterm vision transparently and freely, we think about increasing the donation goal in 2024 - we hope you stay with us and the projects that will follow. 

For now, with ever so many thanks
Elke and the crew 

fetching rabbits (= Kalulu) as part of the program
fetching rabbits (= Kalulu) as part of the program
recieving axes to make small wood for new stoves
recieving axes to make small wood for new stoves
a new outdoor kitchen with stove for small wood
a new outdoor kitchen with stove for small wood

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Tikondane Community Centre

Location: Katete, Eastern Province - Zambia
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Project Leader:
Tigris Kanduwa
Katete , Eastern Province Zambia
$7,380 raised of $7,800 goal
 
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