Guinagourou July 2011


Post: Guinagourou

Date(s) of project: June 6-20, 2011

Brief description of Project:

At the Guinagourou health center, there was a malnutrition program directed by the head nurse. The children were brought in, weighed and measured, then given a week-long supply of Plumpy Nut, a nutritional supplement that expedites weight gain, dependent on the child’s weight progression. Then they were dismissed. The mothers were not asked what they were feeding their children or how, thus there was no way of trying to correct or alter their habits.
I plan to lead a 14-day nutritional recuperation program for 15-20 women. My work partner is a local Moringa farmer and very passionate about malnutrition. This program will also serve as an instructive training for the local women’s group in the community of Bounjakou, who have expressed a sincere interest in learning how to better the health of themselves and their families. I will also be collaborating with a woman, an animitrice, in Guinagourou who has led similar programs elsewhere.
This program, will involve 20 women and their malnourished children. On the first day, the program and its’ purpose will be explained clearly and then each child will be weighed. Starting the next day, the women will come to the training site in Bounjakou each day and receive a lesson on nutrition as well as take part in the preparation of an enriched meal. Every meal will involve moringa. Each child will receive a serving. On the 14th day, the children will be weighed again as credit to the effectiveness of enriched food. The money received from the GAD grant will be directed towards funding the materials not provided by community members and for the transport of the lead animitrice.
I will be collaborating with a man named Davide, the moringa farmer, who will also be contributing the moringa to the program for free. I will also be working with a woman named Elizabeth, the animitrice with experience leading these programs. And my third counterpart in this endeavor is the women’s group of Bounjakou. This program will serve two purposes: one, to help alleviate the suffering associated with malnutrition and two, as a training of trainers. The women of the group will be attending the program and learning everything the participating mothers are, and will then conduct their own program a month after the finish of this one. I will be helping to organize and supervise with future programs, but with the hopes of my presence being unnecessary. This will allow for the program to be sustainable. Many community members will also be contributing various ingredients such as the moringa, fish, peanuts, etc.
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 train local women to lead similar programs and share their health education with other community members.
Participating women and children will be sought out by myself and my numerous counterparts in this project. Women who participate in Guinagourou Centre de Sante’s program will be encouraged to attend.

Number of people involved:

# of
# of Service Providers (work partners, Project co-organizers,
technicians, animators, etc.)
Women over 24 15 15
Men over 24 3 3
Girls 15-24 5 5
Boys 15-24
Girls under 15 10
Boys under 15 10


Item Number Unit Cost Total Cost
Soy Cheese 28 kg 500/kg 14.000
Corn Flour 44 kg 500/kg 22.000
Transport for lead animitrice 14 roundtrips 1.000/trip 14.000
Total 50.000

Amount Requested: 50.000

Activity Report

The Goals/Objectives of Project:
The goal of this project was to decrease the prevalence of malnutrition within the Bougnankou community via education and a 10-day program for nutritional recuperation. The short-term goal was to increase the program infants’ original weight and nutritionally recuperate them to some degree. The long-term goal is for women to adopt nutritional habits that they learned during the program and effectively feed their families as well as teach other women how to prepare enriched, complete meals. In doing this, ideally, malnutrition would diminish in the long run as well.

Were Those Goals/Objectives Met:
The short tem goal of this project was met to some degree with ten of the sixteen. program infants gaining weight and five remaining the same. Long-term goals will not be able to be measured for some time. But, given the regular attendance and participation of the majority of participants, I am hopeful that certain culinary behaviors and habits will be modified and changed for the better.

Strengths of this Project:

The strengths of this project include the collaboration with three community leaders and the use of their talents. Also, the communal effort required to conduct this program ensured that participants played and active role and thus had an investment in learning from what the program had to offer.

Challenges/Weaknesses of this Project:
Weaknesses of this project include the use of outside funding which makes the project less sustainable. Also, my work partner, a moringa farmer proved to be somewhat unreliable and frequently altered plans.

Final Budget:

Item Total Cost
Corn 4.500
Rice 2.500
Millet 4.500
Beans 2.500
Peanuts 6.000
Dried Fish 2.500
Powdered Milk 2.500
Soy beans 2.500
Wagashi 3.000
Eggs 1.500
Condiments 1.500
Moringa powder 2.000
Moulin 3.000
Transport (zemidjan) 11.500
Total 50.000

**Total Cost: ** 50.000

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