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Weʼre raising £5,000 to fund a Nutrition Education project: Teaching Kitchens for Health in the urban slums of Kolkata, India

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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 in urban slums.

(Image 1: A Teaching Kitchen demonstration with dietitians and volunteers.)

Background

What are slums and why is the project in Kolkata?

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.’

(Image 2: Over 1.5 million people live in 3500 unregistered slums in Kolkata, India. Photo: Swastik Pal)

NNEdPro conducted an assessment in nutrition and health education of mothers and children in three urban slum areas in the city of Kolkata, India.

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.

(Image 3: A Teaching Kitchen mini demonstration in action at the launch on October 24th 2017. Photo: Swastik Pal).

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

(Image 4: A woman from the community listens intently whilst a young girl eats the nutritionally balanced meal provided at the Teaching Kitchen launch on October 24th 2017. Photo: Swastik Pal).

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.

(Image 5: The NNEdPro team, community workers and the local community outside the RG Kar Canal project inauguration site. Photo: Swastik Pal).

We also deeply engaged with stakeholders from community workers and local beneficiaries in the slums.

(Image 6: Team NNEdPro engaging with young mothers from the local community to gauge interest about Teaching Kitchens. Photo: Swastik Pal).

We were also able to organise an event with influencers that can help multiply the impact of the project (Doctors, Dietitians, Other Health Professionals, Community Workers, Academia, NGOs, Civil Society, Government, Media).

(Image 7: The final group shot from the Impact Acceleration Workshop on 25th October 2017, Kolkata. Photo: Swastik Pal)

Extensive local engagement has taken place, and we are currently in the first phase of building the Teaching Kitchens.

Why do we need to crowdfund for Teaching Kitchens?

We have inaugurated the site but we now require your support to ensure sustainability of the Teaching Kitchens, equip the facilities, provide training, and also to build more Teaching Kitchens in the future!

(Image 8: Outside one of the Teaching Kitchen project sites in a Kolkata slum. Photo: Swastik Pal)

What your funds can buy:

• Up to £100: Purchase of some basic utensils, equipment or supplies for a Teaching Kitchen.

• £150: Purchase of all basic utensils, equipment and supplies for a Teaching Kitchen.

• £250: Training of the local mothers in cooking and basic hygiene and safety.

• £500: Continuous electricity (generator) and clean water supply for the kitchen.

• £1000: Structural components of the kitchen in the form of a mobile unit.

Be a change maker

In return for your support, you have the opportunity to be a part of a unique project that is doing something special and creating real change through mass nutrition education.

You could be helping to end malnutrition in urban slums by 2025!

Click here to view more photos of the community that you could be helping.

We promise to acknowledge all supporters across communications when the Teaching Kitchens start activities. If you opt-in, you will also receive special project related updates.

(Image 9: NNEdPro's Teaching Kitchens will engage and empower communities, build skills and capacity via the medium of nutrition education and enhance health and wellbeing for women, children and families in urban slums. Photo: Swastik Pal)

More links

View photos from the Teaching Kitchen Launch (October 24th 2017, Kolkata)

View photos from the Impact Acceleration Workshop (October 25th 2017, Kolkata)

Read about the NNEdPro India Network People & Key Projects

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      Advancing and Implementing Nutrition Knowledge to Improve Health, Wellbeing and Society.

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