We intend to tackle the problem of malnutrition in mid-western Uganda by starting poultry farms which will consistently supply eggs to the beneficiaries at an average of two eggs per kid weekly.
The problem we aim to solve
Together with village health teams we can carry out sensitization of the communities about the importance of affordable balanced diet. We shall tackle the problem of low protein intake. Our main area of focus is Refugee resettlement camp Nakivale where about 26.1% of the children have issues of food insecurity and malnutrition. Eggs will help combat most deficiency disease and malnutrition issues. The program will run for a period of more than two years and hence impact will be easily measured.
Our target members of the community include the children between the years of 0-10 in Nakivale Refugee Resettlement camp in Isingiro district and the Orphans between the ages of 0-10 years in Mbarara district. Most of these Kids in the affected suffer the problem of imbalanced diet especially lack of proteins which leads to Kwashiorkor and other related diseases. The consequences of this include, increased infant mortality rates, stunted growth and others. To solve this problem we intend to start a poultry farms which will consistently supply eggs to the beneficiaries at an average of two eggs per kid weekly (2 eggs per week program). We intend to start by enrolling 1000 beneficiaries in the resettlement camp a number we shall increase depending on the success of the project that will be supplying eggs. For the orphaned kids we intend to give one hen per family (starting with 500 households) which can lay eggs. It is estimated that 300 layers will lay 2100 eggs which will meet the demand for the 1000 selected beneficiaries in the settlement camp. The 500 layers will also benefit the impoverished orphaned 500 households. These can also multiply with time given that these house households being rural based can keep them on free range system and can allow them to hatch hence the benefit will be measured within 2 months period.
The innovativeness of our approach
This is a unique approach to the problem of malnutrition. This particular project comes with a number of benefits:
- The approach increases income of the beneficiary households
- This approach offers employment opportunities
- The bi-products of the project can be used to boost crop product inform of manure hence increased food security.
- The project increases balanced diet.
- The approach is participatory and hence encourages hard work.
Technologies and Methods
Data is collected and analyzed using standard software such as Epidata, SPSS, Stata and Microsoft Excel. Mobile Android Application is used to monitor the projects’ input and output. A database to keep track of the beneficiaries is put in place.
Potential partners are Child Aid Uganda, Children of Uganda, SOS Children’s Villages international, Concern world wide and Unicef.
Voting ends on June 24, 2018, 11:59 pm (CEST).
Maria Dorothy Turyahebwa