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Kita cooks up change!

In Kita, community members have been busy tending to their crops, hopeful for a fruitful year ahead.

“We have not known rest,” says Noumady, father of four. “We have cleaned and plowed our field. Sown the millet and peanut and removed the weeds. I hope the harvest will be good for the whole community.”

A man waters his plant crops with a bucket

As one of Kita’s main sources of livelihood, farming plays a crucial role in food production and income generation for families. However, it is not always reliable: crop quality is largely dependent on factors beyond control, like climate, and an abundant yield can never be guaranteed.

“Our family lives off what we earn and collect from agriculture. Our crops vary by the amount of rainfall received. It is not always easy for us to meet the needs of children,” Noumady adds.

Thankfully, your Community Sponsorship is helping families reap local benefits to the best of their ability.

“Plan International is there for children,” shares Noumady. “They teach us to ensure the rights of children, and that parents must feed and care for them.”

A woman looks up at the camera as she scoops grains from a large bowl.

Noumady’s wife, Coumba, prepares food for her family.

Here’s how you’re helping:

Nutritional training and testing:

More than 10 specialists have been working at the health centre and in the community, performing nutritional screenings and engaging community members on related tips and topics, including:

  • The advantages of exclusive breastfeeding
  • Nutritional health for pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • Diagnosing and treating vitamin A, iron and iodine deficiencies (75% of mothers and young children in Kita are anemic )
  • Recognizing and preventing malnutrition.

Children identified as severely malnourished received additional support.

“Thanks to this project, I understood that diet plays an important role in the health of children,” shared one engaged mother.

Culinary demonstrations: More than 60 culinary demonstrations were held across multiple early childhood education centres (ECCD) you support, reaching over 900 children, along with pregnant and nursing women. Shareable meals were prepared, while community members learned about nutritional value and maximizing the benefits of affordable foods they already have readily available.

 A woman stirs a bowl of food, instructing an audience of parents, youth and children.

A culinary demonstration takes place in the community.

Supplying support: Food provisions were distributed throughout the community, including bags of millet, sugar, macaroni and fortified flour.

And kitchen equipment – such as 150+ cooking prep and cleanup tools like pots, pans and cutlery – was provided so that families can put all they learned to practice!

School canteens: Through your support, parents are taking part in school feeding programs, offering time, efforts and food to help children at school stay energized.

“We prepared for back-to-school by meeting as a community regarding cereal contributions for children,” says Famoury, a local father.

A group of children sit at tables and happily eat bowls of food.

Children enjoy lunch at their school canteen.

Cooking up community change

Today, children’s health is being strengthened, along with the commitment to protect their rights. “Parents pay more attention to young children aged 3 to 6, and display a real enthusiasm for the activities of the education centre,” says one community member.

More families are supporting neighbouring farmers or using their own resources, helping improve personal finances along with the local market.

“Through the culinary demonstrations, I understood that we can – on the basis of our own local products – provide quality food to children and combat malnutrition,” explains one farmer.

Additionally, families can better protect their health, limiting their medical expenditures.

“We have learned to give children a much more balanced diet and this has helped to improve health and reduce costs for families,” shares Fanta, a local mother and school volunteer.

And women have been enthusiastic for the chance to grow their abilities, boosting their confidence and independence.

 A woman uses a ladle to scoop out food for nearby children in the playground.

“I have acquired skills in the maintenance of nutrition. I now know that children have needs that must be met so they do not become ill,” shares Fanta (pictured here preparing enriched porridge at the ECCD)

“Many women have acquired new knowledge, which has helped improve the nutritional status of children,” says Aminata, who works as an Education mother. “This is a big change.”

Feeding the future of Kita:

Now that they’re better informed, local families are leading initiatives that’ll activate long-term impact.

"Community Sponsorship has helped us create a healthy environment for children to eat in good, hygienic conditions. It remains to us, the parents of children, to continue to use the resources,” explains Fanta, who’s eager to cultivate lasting growth.

A woman displays a bowl of grains and seeds.

Thank you for planting seeds of change that will harvest hope for years to come!

“Parents are happy to work with Plan International,” says one mother. "The concern of any parent is to prepare the future of their child and any person who aids in this is always welcome. Community Sponsorship has done this while also indicating the path to follow. Now, people are working together to make change.”

See how you’re helping fuel healthier futures for 11-year-old Fanta and her family.