This Sunday the 16th of October is World Food Day, a day where people right across the globe come together and declare their commitment to ending world hunger. So with this in mind, we wanted to share with you some exiting news about our Nutrition Mission program that’s educating women and children in Southern Uganda and helping to create better food practices!
Today, over four million Ugandan’s are food insecure, or lack access to quality nutritious meals. Often families that do have food are still not eating a balanced nutritional diet due to a lack of dietary education or understanding. This means that 70-80% of kids in Uganda are seriously malnourished as a result of poor diets that are missing essential nutrients. And it’s a snowball effect, it means that these children are unable to concentrate and participate in school, which ultimately affects their chances at a brighter future.
Our Nutrition Mission program is about partnering with communities in need to provide women with the essential knowledge and skills to adopt better nutrition practices for themselves and their families. So far the program has seen 460 graduates in Busibo village, Southern Uganda, which has positively impacted over 2,000 other community members.
But we’re not stopping there; we’ve identified neighboring village Namabaale as our next location to roll out this fantastic program. The Cotton On Foundation are currently working with the community to build a brand new primary school and redevelop the existing secondary school, but the people of Namabaale also lack access to sufficient safe and nutritious food.
The kitchen in Namabaale village currently feeding 1,000 students during school
This month we have begun working with community leaders to identifying women to participate in the next Nutrition Mission. We hope to engage women who are caregivers to children in the village schools and who will be committed to becoming village representatives to train other women in the community. Participants will learn all about nutrition and food diversity but will also be taught practical cooking and backyard gardening skills like how to grow their own vegetables.
A massive thanks to our Cotton On Body team members and customers across Australia and New Zealand who in the month of September raised almost $100,000 to support the next phase of this amazing program! Make sure to pick up a Cotton On Foundation product next time you’re in a Body store, all funds raised this year will go towards supporting Namabaale village.
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