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 engages and empowers communities by sharing knowledge and skills through nutrition education. The Teaching Kitchens aim to enhance health and wellbeing for women, children and families across communities especially urban slums.
Why do we need Teaching Kitchens in Kolkata, India?
More than 1.5 million people live in 3500 unregistered slums in Kolkata, India. Most of these are temporary and crude, 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.
NNEdPro conducted an assessment of levels of nutrition and health education in mothers and children in three urban slum areas in the city of Kolkata, and found 85% of mothers and children are malnourished. This could be easily avoided if they had adequate levels of knowledge and awareness.
The Teaching Kitchens are a multi-purpose and mobile space, serving as a community hub for malnutrition screening and prevention, health promotion and disease prevention. A safe haven within the slums, they will be a sustainable health promotion tool, building capacity and supporting mothers with limited resources to achieve the best nutrition for their children and families.
Teaching Kitchens Model: 'See One-Do One-Teach One '
The approach adopted is the ‘See One-Do One-Teach One’ method which has had a visible community impact since launching in 2017. We are currently crowdfunding to continue running the mobile teaching kitchen programme.
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.
Where we are currently with the project?
With funds raised from previous fundraising initiatives, as well as an ESRC grant, in October 2017 NNEdPro inaugurated the launch of two Teaching Kitchens in the slums of Chetla and the RG Kar Canal area and carried out step one of the Teaching Kitchen workshops in December 2017-January 2018.
In February 2018, NNEdPro refitted a van to create a Mobile Teaching Kitchen Unit which enabled the team to implement step two of the programme where trained mothers from step one taught untrained mothers during April-May 2018.
Why do we need to crowdfund for Teaching Kitchens?
We now require support to ensure the project can continue sustainably in the future. We need to equip the facilities, provide further training and materials, ensure that the Mobile Teaching Kitchen has the means to run, and build more Teaching Kitchens!
What your funds can buy:
Your donations can purchase anything from basic utensils and supplies, to training of local mothers, through to electricity and clean water for the kitchens. All donations will go direct to the project in India.
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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 where we demonstrated how the project would work to the community, conducted demos and held interactive Q&A's.
Photos from Phase 2 Teaching Kitchen & Assessments - Bhavishya Shakti (April-May 2018, Kolkata)
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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Had a fantastic time contributing to this project and seeing the impact the kitchen has on local communities! Really encourage anyone reading to donate!
Jul 20, 2018
NNEd Pro conference attendee - what an amazing initiative!
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I wish you all the best for this great project!
Jul 10, 2018
wishing you success with this important and much needed project
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All the very best and I wish this continued success!
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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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