Weʼre raising £5,000 to Build Mobile Teaching Kitchens and empower women & communities in India
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NNEdPro's Mobile Teaching Kitchens initiative empowers communities by sharing knowledge and skills through the medium of nutrition education.
It aims to enhance health and wellbeing for women, children and families across communities, especially urban slums, as well as beyond.
The aim with the initiative is to be a sustainable model which will empower Indian slum dweller mothers through entrepreneurship and nutrition education. However, to reach the stage of sustainability we need funds for mobile unites and ensure respectable salary for the working mothers for the first few months in a full-scale production.
Why do we need to crowdfund for Teaching Kitchens and What your funds can buy:
We need to equip the facilities, provide further training and materials, ensure that the Mobile Teaching Kitchen has the means to run, and to build more Mobile Teaching Kitchens unites!
- Just £10 can help purchase basic supplies - (teaching ingredients e.g. vegetables, fruit, grains!) and utensils to run the Teaching Kitchen workshops.
- £20 (or more) can help towards the provision of electricity, gas, clean water, vehicle maintenance, health and safety, OR continuation of training for local mothers.
- £100 (or more) can contribute towards labour costs to support the project.
- £5000 can purchase a second Mobile Teaching Kitchen unite.
(All donations will go directly towards the project in India).
Be a change maker
Supporting the Mobile Teaching Kitchens initiative means supporting a project that is tackling malnutrition (both under-nutrition and over-nutrition) at the grassroots level.
Mobile Teaching Kitchens for health are turning what we know in research into real-world results for a healthier more sustainable world. However, we need your support for this innovative project - please share the campaign with your friends, family and networks!
This initiative links up to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 1 No Poverty, Goal 2 Zero Hunger, Goal 3 Good Health and Well-Being, Goal 5 Gender Equality, Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, and Goal 13 Climate Action.
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Why do we need the Mobile Teaching Kitchens and what do they do?
More than 1.5 million people live in 3500 unregistered slums in Kolkata, India. Most of these are temporary with one room per family and no access to proper sanitation or clean water. Cooking is mostly done outdoors due to ventilation, and without hygienic practices or facilities.
An assessment of levels of nutrition and health education in mothers and children in urban slum areas in the city of Kolkata found that 85% of mothers and children were malnourished - this could be easily avoided if they had adequate levels of knowledge, attitude and practice.
Our Mobile Teaching Kitchens conduct nutrition education workshops in slums with established relationships. They are multi-purpose and serve as a community hub for malnutrition screening and prevention, health promotion and disease prevention. They aim to be a safe haven within the slums, a sustainable health promotion tool, and build to support mothers with limited resources to achieve the best nutrition for their children and families.
After over a year with successful runs and increased interest we are looking for funding to scale up the initiative with a third mobile kitchen unite.
How we train via the 'See One-Do One-Teach One' method
Step 1: Training in action - Qualified dietitians and nutritionists share their skills and train volunteers creating Teaching Kitchen champions.
Step 2: Groups of champions, supported by dietitians and nutritionists, share their knowledge with women and children in slum communities through workshops where they learn about recognising a template ‘Plate of Good Health’ (with appropriate food swaps), and a balance of micro and macro nutrients from inexpensive and locally sourced foods prepared hygienically with attention to quality and taste .
Step 3: By the end of a workshop, the women (and children) that participated learn to share and teach each other about their newfound knowledge.
Teaching Kitchens Model: Where are we now?
In October 2017 we launched Teaching Kitchens in two slums in Kolkata (watch this video from the launch) and adopted the ‘See One-Do One-Teach One’ method of conducting Teaching Kitchen workshops which has had a visible community impact since launch. Since then earlier in 2018 we also launched a Mobile Teaching Kitchen unit.
We are currently exploring the possibility of utilising the Mobile Teaching Kitchen to run a micro-enterprise 'Tiffin Kitchen' to provide alternative livelihood opportunities for the women we have trained thus far. The micro-enterprise 'Tiffin Kitchen' soft launched in August 2018.
We are looking to increase the frequency of sales in the Kolkata region and to scale out to rural areas to see if the model is applicable for a rural setting.
If you are a health professional, teacher, community worker, dietitian nutritionist, prospective volunteer or NGO that would like to get involved in the project, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health
An award-winning think-tank, training academy and knowledge network anchored in Cambridge. Our work focuses on developing adaptable and scalable models for medical nutrition education combining clinical and public health knowledge with leadership training in healthcare settings.