Project Number: 2a
Project Title: S.O.W Africa Project Protein
Pillar of organization: Health
Start date of Project: 22nd December 2017
Completion date: 23rd December 2017
Project Protein was undertaken to create awareness of the importance of proper nutrition in Nwangele Local government, a rural community in Imo state Nigeria. This project idea was birthed in 2015 from the notice of the lack of proteinous foods in the beneficiary community. Over the years, the single need for protein evolved into the need for all nutrients equally. The event took place on 22nd December 2017.
Project Protein’s goal was to educate the indigenes of Nwangele Local Government on the importance of proper nutrition to holistic wellbeing. The attendees were taught how to use their locally grown foods to get all needed nutrients as well as cost-effective produce from the marketplace.
A dietitian was in attendance to share professional insight on the importance of a balanced diet to the community’s health. In addition to the nutrition discussion, all the attendees received a package which contained food stuff for a balanced diet. They received tomatoes, onions, crawfish, pumpkin vegetables, a fruit, rice and beans.
By way of this project, we noticed that many of the residents of the community had illnesses relating to certain nutritional deficiencies and could be treated with basic health facilities. Six indigenes were chosen to be empowered by the provision of business development consulting and funding to their existing business or grassroot business ideas.
Project Protein turned out very instrumental towards the growth of the community (Nwangele) in terms of healthy living. We paraphrase Mrs Caroline Achonye’s words that, “Sometimes when somebody has diabetes, they have been taught to avoid a lot of foods, which make them feel they have to starve or scarcely eat. However, with the education the dietitian gave us at the project, someone with diabetes can eat, but control the quantity of intake”. Also, they learned about what foods to eat and avoid when dealing with certain conditions like high blood pressure. She further expressed that the take home packages were very helpful for the women to have a representation of safe foods to eat (tomatoes, onions, crawfish, rice, beans, pumpkin leaves/spinach and oranges). So far, project protein fulfilled its mission to educate the community on healthier feeding/improved nutrition.