600 mothers and 800 children under 5 years are the direct beneficiaries of the “Improving the community gardens of the Upper River Region, Gambia Republic” project. The aim of it, is to increase food security for the mothers and children through training and improving the infrastructure of the selected community gardens of the Upper River Region, in the Republic of Gambia.
Malnutrition is an “entrenched problem” in some countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, and Gambia is not an exception. In the Upper River Region there are 206.588 inhabitants and 22% of child malnutrition. Nutrition Without Borders has found the way of solving it, through training and improving infrastructures to make people, especially mothers, aware of the big problem they and their children have.
But, what exactly they will do to make it possible?
The NGO Nutrition Without Borders will do with your contribution the following activities:
• 1 Workshop to train Community Rural Agents in farming and irrigation techniques to improve the performance of community gardens.
• 16 Workshops of the Community Rural Agents to mothers of the four community gardens in selected farming techniques, irrigation techniques, food preservation, etc.
• Construction of 4 bantabas (traditional buildings), one in each community garden, to shelter from the strong sunshine, designed to: facilitate breastfeeding and feeding of infants and children, ensure the storage of utensils and tools, as used as training room, meeting and rest.
• Provide non-hybrid seeds (genetically engineered seeds that can be replanted) in order to support the promotion of sustainable crops with high nutritional content especially vitamin A and iron.
• Provide tools and implements necessary for mothers to facilitate working in community gardens.
• Provide the necessary building materials for filling of wells and thus ensure the supply of water to crops and to repair the perimeter fence of community gardens to prevent access to livestock not held.
• Supply of four hand pumps, one for garden, to provide mothers water extraction wells.
• Supply of organic fertilizer to communities to improve substrate conditions.
• Provide necessary protection products for pest prevention at the four community gardens.
• Implement the project of the seeds bank to preserve native species in the area.
There is a lot of work to do, and there is not too much time. The whole aim is to help accomplish one of the main Human Rights, the right of having access to a healthy diet. Without it, the population can’t grow in good conditions: children do not develop in the right way and they are more exposed to illnesses.
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