Projet de FARN (Part I)
NOTE: Anytime I use the pronoun “we” in this post, I’m referring to the village’s women’s group: Les Femmes Lumieres de Danyi N’Digbe
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m working on a nutrition project in village called Foyer d’apprentissage et de Réhabilitation Nutritionnelle. Well, we successfully completed the first part of the project! The 12 day cooking demonstrations with the mothers of moderately malnourished children.
During the 12 days, we prepared 4 different recipes of bouille (porridge). On the first two days, we made corn porridge with bananas and peanut butter.
Originally, I had wanted to start with the enriched bouille, however, I had to wait until the big marché day to get access to peanuts and beans (esp peanuts). I was so worried we wouldn’t be able to start on time after having to postpone twice because of my schedule and then because of the maman lumiere’s schedule. Anyway, I realized that we could start with a different recipe and for the entire project we could just try different porridge recipes.
The other two porridge recipes we used were rice and egg porridge, and enriched soja porridge. I think my favorite one was the rice and egg porridge, but most of the moms didn’t really like it haha (we only made it for 2 of the 12 days — and although we added plenty of citron, it still had a raw egg smell to it. I think that was a main turn off point for the moms; ‘tis understandle; the smell of raw egg isn’t always the most appetizing). Most of the moms LOVED the enriched bouille though! Because the average age range of children in our project was 1.5-2.5yo, we used the last three days to prepare some regular meals in addition to bouille. Because part II of the FARN project involves gardening and producing vegetables, I figured we could do some demos incorporating vegetables we would be growing in the garden. Thus, during the last three days, we made riz-au-gras (fried rice—using bell peppers), rice and sauce tomate (using carrots, zucchini and moringa powder), and rice and sauce d’arachide (using cabbage, carrots and Moringa powder). They all turned out amazing.
On day 12, we weighed the participating children to see if they gained weight, and most of them gained a little! We’ll see how the behavior change looks when we weigh them again in 1 and 2 months. The moms really appreciated the project and the two Femmes Lumieres I primarily worked with as maman lumieres were incredible!! There was a point when my main homologue was telling me it’s impossible to find moringa powder in village, but one of the maman lumieres was like she has Moringa powder at home! ‘twas great! But they did note the problem that it’s difficult to find Moringa in village and we’ve been planning to add some Moringa trees to our garden anyway.
As for the garden,
We received funding! We’ve started creating nurseries for the plants that need them. So far this week, we’ve completed the nursery for the cabbages and will be working on the other nurseries during the month (tomatoes, bell peppers, egg plant, etc).