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Empower and Care Organization (EACO) was founded in 2004 at the community level and was registered a...

Community Health and Nutrition, Economic Development, Gender Empowerment and sustainability in rural Mukono

September 22nd, 2016

Location: A109, Mukono, Mukono, Central Region, Uganda
Duration: Multiple Days
First Day : Sep 22, 2016
Last Day: Sep 29, 2017



Empower and Care Organization (EACO) was founded in 2004 at the community level and was registered as a Community Based Organization (CBO) in 2006 (registration number MG/2006/10/294). EACO was established to address the limited educational and economic opportunities that exist for vulnerable groups of women and children in Mukono County.  EACO’s vision is that, by implementing activities that provide these opportunities, it will contribute to the reduction of poverty and HIV/AIDS in the Mukono community.

Project Summary:

Project Objectives:

•    Evaluation of indigenous food systems of Mukono community to access nutrition of local foods.

•    Develop dietary recommendations from indigenous foods for overall health of Mukono community.

•    Sustainable vegetable production for food and nutrition needs of families of Mukono District.

•    Assistance for agribusiness development of fresh produce for economic empowerment of small-scale women farmers.

•    Develop a plan for potential school lunch program to ensure nutritional balance in primary school.

•    Develop resources to educate pregnant and nursing mothers about nutrition for a healthy mother and child.

Methodology

1.    Evaluation of indigenous food systems of Mukono community to assess nutrition of local foods: Develop a survey questionnaire for collection of information about food habits, meals and diet of Mukono community. Perform nutritional evaluation on this data to develop community specific reference booklet for overall nutrition of indigenous foods of Mukono District. Evaluate to see if supplementation of dietary needs is required. Assist to find economically feasible sources of supplementation.

2.    Dietary recommendations of indigenous foods for overall health of Mukono community: Based on the data from Objective 1, make dietary recommendations and health charts. Educate community members for meal combinations that will ensure sound health and nutrition.

3.    Sustainable vegetable production for food and nutrition needs of families of Mukono District: Use dietary recommendations and evaluation report from Objective 1 & 2 in identifying potential vegetable crops for production. Develop a dual-crop system, with one crop specific for family nutritional needs and other for commercial purposes. Train women farmers for all stages of procurement of seeds, crop production, processing and storage. Find seed donors from public research institutions. In the long-term, establish a seed-bank to ensure sustainable supply of high quality seeds.

4.    Assistance for agribusiness development of fresh produce for economic empowerment of small-scale women farmers: Identify potential local and international markets for speciality crops that will ensure financial empowerment. Educate women entrepreneurs for basic skills required for trade, marketing and customer relations.

5.    Development of a plan for potential school lunch program to ensure nutritional balance in primary school: The results from Objectives 1 & 2 will be utilized to develop a plan for school lunch program. Assistance will be provided to seek potential funding agencies and donors to support this program.

6.    Development of resources to educate pregnant and nursing mothers about nutritional requirements for a healthy mother and child: Develop survey questionnaire to gather information about the current status of care for pregnant and nursing women. Develop resources to educate women about the importance of nutrition and during pregnancy and at the nursing stage. Make dietary and nutritional recommendations to ensure maternal and child health.

SANITATION AND HYGIENE

This will be done by both primary and secondary schools to see that we take extra care of their environment and bodies. Here we shall handle diseases related to poor sanitation, poor body hygiene, and the dangers of it. We shall go further to identify the places with poor sanitation on the school premises The objectives of these activities will be to;

    Talk about the health benefit of good sanitation

    How to clean our environment

    Learn about the risks related to poor sanitation

    How to conserve water and food

    How to clean our bodies

We want to host 30 Students because it is a big load and we shall group them, If you have any questions or want some great ideas about this project you can contact Rachael Neel former Internee who was working with Empower And Care Organization please email her and she I’d be more than happy to answer any questions and help out your path towards staying in Uganda. Rachael.neel21@gmail.com, 

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Contact Person: Shadrak Kyobe

Contact Email: empuganda@yahoo.com

Contact Phone Number: +256774310393

Organization: Empower And Care Organization (EACO)

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