Weʼre raising £5,000 to fund a Nutrition Education project: Teaching Kitchens for Health in the urban slums of Kolkata, India
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
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NNEdPro's Teaching Kitchens for Health project seeks to engage with and empower communities through knowledge sharing and skill building via the medium of nutrition education. The Teaching Kitchens aim to enhance health and wellbeing for women, children and families across communities especially urban slums.
The approach adopted is the ‘See One-Do One-Teach One’ method which anticipates a wide-scale community impact.
Step 1: Training in action: Qualified dietitians and nutritionists share their skills and train (Inner Wheel) volunteers thereby creating Teaching Kitchen champions.
Step 2: Groups of champions, supported by dietitians and nutritionists, then share their knowledge with women and children in the slum communities through workshops where they learn about recognising a template ‘Plate of Good Health’ (with appropriate food swaps) with 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.
Watch a short video from the Launch with the slum community!!!
We launched the project in India in October 2017, here's a short video about what went on at the launch in two slums. We demonstrated how the project would work to the community, conducted demos (and distributed nutritionally balanced meals), and held interactive Q&A's.
Carry on reading for a background to the project, where we're at with the project at present, why we need your support, and how you can support us!
What are slums and why is the project in Kolkata?
Over 1.5 million people live in 3500 unregistered slums in Kolkata, India. The 1956 Slum Areas Act defined slums as ‘those areas where buildings are in any respect unfit for human habitation’ and ‘The Central Statistics Organization defined slums as areas having 25 or more katcha structures; mostly of a temporary nature, or 50 or more households residing mostly in katcha structures huddles together or inhabited by persons with practically no private latrine, inadequate public latrine and water facilities.’
NNEdPro conducted an assessment in nutrition and health education of mothers and children in three urban slum areas in the city of Kolkata, India.
Through this we discovered that 85% of the mothers and children in the urban slums are malnourished, which can be easily avoided if they had adequate levels of education and awareness.
Thus the idea of Teaching Kitchens in Urban Slums was born.
About Teaching Kitchens
NNEdPro aims to implement sustainable health promoting Teaching Kitchens, envisioned in line with key UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The Teaching Kitchen will be a multi-purpose (mobile) space that will serve as a community hub for malnutrition screening / prevention; health promotion; disease prevention and a safe haven within the slums.
These spaces will build capacity and support mothers with limited resources to achieve the best nutrition for their children and families.
The key objectives of the Teaching Kitchens are:
• Improve awareness (Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices) of diet diversity and disease prevention
• Measure indicators of nutritional health
• Use cooking skills as a medium for education
• Provide resources and signposting for food security
• Promote social empowerment and impact preventative health
Where we are currently with the project?
With funds raised from previous fundraising initiatives as well as an ESRC grant, in October 2017 NNEdPro were able to inaugurate the launch of two Teaching Kitchens in the slums of Chetla and the RG Kar Canal area (pictured below).
We also deeply engaged with stakeholders from community workers and local beneficiaries in the slums.
A key milestone for the Teaching Kitchen project, in February 2018, NNEdPro refitted a van to create a Mobile Teaching Kitchen Unit which will enable the team to bring the programme to other communities across the City of Kolkata where lack of space presents a challenge for implementing the programme.
So WHY do we need to crowdfund for Teaching Kitchens?
We inaugurated the site, and refitted a Mobile Teaching Kitchen, but we now require support to ensure the project can continue sustainability in the future.
This means we need to equip the facilities, provide further training and materials, ensure that the Mobile Teaching Kitchen has the means to run, and also perhaps to build more Teaching Kitchens in the future!
What your funds can buy:
• Up to £100: Purchase of SOME basic utensils, equipment, supplies for a Teaching Kitchen
• Up to £200: Purchase of some basic utensils, equipment and supplies for a Teaching Kitchen AND towards running costs for the Mobile Teaching Kitchen.
• £300: Dietary guidance and training of the local mothers in cooking and basic hygiene and safety.
• £500: Continuous electricity (generator) and clean water supply for the kitchen.
• £1000: Towards structural components of the kitchen in the form of a mobile Teaching Kitchen unit.
Be a change maker
Be a part of this innovative project empowering and enriching the lives of women and children in slums (and beyond) through new learning new skills, sharing knowledge, and growing healthy communities through the power of food and nutrition!
We encourage you to support the campaign via the crowdfunding campaign or just sharing the page with your friends, family and networks and help us reach our target this year so we can continue to run the project.
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Photos from the Mobile Teaching Kitchen Launch (7th February 2018, Kolkata)
Photos from the 'See one-Do one-Teach one' Workshops (December 2017 - January 2018, Kolkata)
Photos from the Teaching Kitchen Launch (October 24th 2017, Kolkata)
Photos from the Impact Acceleration Workshop (October 25th 2017, Kolkata)
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May 27, 2018
Dan & Fra
Apr 16, 2018
Apr 15, 2018
Well done on such a worthwhile project!
Feb 12, 2018
Congratulations on launching the first Mobile Teaching Kitchen unit! I hope it inspires many!
Feb 8, 2018
Hope to see this initiative scale up for public health impact!
About the fundraiser
NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Advancing and Implementing Nutrition Knowledge to Improve Health, Wellbeing and Society.
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