Guinagourou April 2012

Proposal

Post: Guinagourou

Date(s) of project: June 15-July 15 2012

Brief description of Project:

In the village of Boujnankou, there is no public health center. As a result of severe poverty and limited transportation options, the health of community members suffers, in particular, the health of children. In an attempt to better the quality of life of the community and to curb malnutrition, I led a nutritional recuperation program with the women’s group there in July of last year. The program was very successful and the women appreciated learning about nutrition and how to feed their children a complete diet.
I have continued to work with the women’s group and conduct bi-weekly baby weighings with them that is open to all the children of Bounjankou. A sensibilisation accompanies each weighing, as well as nutritional advising based upon interpretation of the child’s weight. My work partner, a moringa farmer named Davide, and I are in the process of training women to conduct the weighings themselves to ensure sustainability. Every weighing, we find children who are malnourished or on the brink of being malnourished. We, the women, my counterpart and I, would like to produce enriched flour for the women’s group to sell, in particular at the baby weighings to mothers with children who are malnourished, at heightened risk of becoming malnourished, or just want to feed their children something more nutritious. The women’s group was taught to make the enriched flour as a part of the nutritional recuperation program last July. In addition to this knowledge, I will also train the women in proper hygiene practices for food production to ensure that illness and disease is not spread.
The women’s group also functions as a microfinance loan group, lending money to women in the village in need of additional funds for education, nourishment and healthcare. Members of the women’s group will be delegated the role of collecting all of the necessary ingredients, bringing it to the mill, and collecting the final product. The women will place the flour into plastic bags and sell bags for 100 to 200 francs, depending on the portion size. The women’s group president has a shed-like space for storing various personal foodstuffs and has volunteered space for the storage of enriched flour. Selling enriched flour will provide an additional source of income for the group to make an increased number of loans and more substantial loans.
The women can make bouille, pâte or use it as an additive ingredient in other recipes to aid nutritional wellbeing and overall health of their children. The goals of this program are three-fold: to help malnourished children become healthy, to educate and empower the mothers to make healthy lifestyle choices and to create opportunities for local women to improve their financial situations.

Number of people involved:

The number of people directly involved is limited, but the number of people affected is the entire population of Guinagourou and those of neighboring villages as well who seek the Guinagourou Centre de Sante for health services.

Gender/Age
Category
# of
Individuals
# of Service Providers (work partners, Project co-organizers,
technicians, animators, etc.)
Women over 24 50 4
Men over 24 2
Girls 15-24 15 1
Boys 15-24
Girls under 15 25
Boys under 15 25

Budget:

Item Number Unit Cost Total Cost
Red millet flour 40 kg 500 20.000
Corn Flour 40 kg 500 20.000
Peanuts 20 kg 250 5.000
Soy flour 20 kg 250 5.000
Total 50.000

Amount Requested: 50.000

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