COMMUNITIES UNITED IN FIGHTING CHILD HUNGER
'Communities united in fighting child hunger' aims to fight hunger and ensure better nutrition for children in Northern Ghana. The project will be implemented in the period 2017-2019 by GDCA and CLIP and Our partner Ghana Friends.
The funds come primarily from Denmark's Ingathering 2017, as well as other funds to finance the project. .
Hunger is a real problem for the people in the north and very poor part of Ghana. In the villages, almost everyone lives by subsistence agriculture, and in times of drought, there is simply not enough food. In the periods when there is enough food, all too many children suffers from what can be called called the hidden hunger. They might have eaten, but their diet is too one-sided and does not contain the proteins, vitamins and minerals they need. The result is that more than one out of three child's growth is retarded, making learning more difficult, and thus reduces their prospects for a bright future.
The goal is to mobilize a number of villages in the fight for better nutrition for children, and cooperation with schools and other relevant authorities to spread knowledge about the importance of diet for children's overall development and growth.
The entire village will be involved in the fight against hidden hunger, and:
Women in 24 women's groups learn about nutrition on child development and how they can use local crops to make the diet more balanced and healthier.
The women will be organized in cooperatives, where they learn to process local crops, including soya beans to oil. Revenue from this production can help to ensure that there is more money to make better and more varied food to the children throughout the year.
Ambassadors from the women's groups will teach other women, so everyone improves their knowledge of children's needs for - and right to - healthy food and how to make healthier food with plants and crops that are already in the local area.
Children receive protein-poor food because of cultural myths and practices. These issues need to be brought out in the open, e.g. through radio programs, so families can have better knowledge of nutrition and its benefits to their children and themselves.