Our main activity evolves around the delivery of 3-years-long educative and empowerment programs to marginalized, low-income, peri-urban communities. We focus mainly on households with pregnant and lactating women to have as much impact as possible during the first 1000 days. During those three years, we improve caregivers’ knowledge, desire and self-confidence to avoid malnutrition in their households, and we equip the household with tools leading to the empowerment of women (financial as well as gender equality issues).

After our intervention, within each community “nutrition ambassadors” are trained to trickle down the knowledge to the rest of the community. In return, these agents will receive a technical or academic training of their choice that could improve their employability.

In parallel to this main activity, we address other urban groups with shorter interventions focused on nutrition and child feeding behavior. We also use mainstream and social media to raise awareness on stunting and change the general public mentality on the bias around nutrition.

Entoto Nutrition and Women Empowerment Program

Started in June 2017 with 100% volunteers, it’s a 3-year community project in Gulele sub-city, Addis Ababa. It has a direct impact on 38 individuals (19 mothers and their newborns) and an indirect impact on their husbands and their other children. In the long run, through the champions program, it aims to reach hundreds of other households in the community.

  • Increase the knowledge, attitude and practice of mothers towards child care through training and workshops with mothers on the areas of nutrition, hygiene, sanitation, basic health care child care and child feeding behavior
  • Improve the mothers’ source of income and improve the households life quality and nutrition outcomes trough saving and micro-loan schemes, business and life skill training, counseling etc…
  • Select 3 mother champions to teach the other mothers of the community on the importance of good nutrition during the first 1000 days and to show them in practice.
  • Prepare the self-sustainability of the VSLA group created under the project.

I’ll give my support for the group so that it continues as it is. Because of this program I have expanded my social group and also I started my own business which helped me to cover my house expenses. “

Kibinesh, Abel’s mother

I started saving and opened a bank account at the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia.  I can afford to buy all the necessary ingredients from the market to feed my child. “

Etenesh, Metassebia’s mother

Taste week with Alliance Dire Dawa

During the annual French taste week held in November 2018 in Dire Dawa, we collaborated with Alliance Française Dire Dawa to reach 110 individuals: 45 primary school children , 20 kindergartners, 30 toddlers’ parents and 15 pregnant and lactating women from the Jerba peri-urban community.

  • Class work, games and workshops with 3 rd and 4th graders of Avenir primary school to educate about good nutrition and adequate hand washing behavior.
  • Discussion with toddlers’ parents about balanced and diversified diet; the challenges of child feeding and its possible solutions; the content of school lunch boxes and the organization of family meals.
  • Nutrition initiation workshop for day-care level children by interacting with fruits and vegetables in a fun way in order to support the efforts of the parents at home.
  • Discussion and demonstration workshop with women in the Jerba community on topics such as maternal nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding; the start of food diversification; the basics of a balanced and diversified diet; the fortification of baby foods in a simple and practical way; hand washing etc…

Nutritious and ingenious foods series with WANDA

Led by WANDA‘s founder and CEO, Ms. Tambra Raye, we spent time with over 50 primary school children in Lycee Guebre Mariam and One Planet International schools in Addis Ababa to create awareness about the importance of balanced and diversified meals and to discuss about indigenous nutritious foods while sharing the journey of Little WANDA in the #WheresWANDAbook series.

Nutrition & Health signature event at One Planet International School

One Planet International School (Addis Ababa) dedicated the whole month of February 2019 to educate their students on their health and nutrition through different activities ranging from Science to Maths and to Physical Activity. At the signature event where students and parents were invited to share and to learn the result of this month’s work, N4ED run multiple sessions focused on child feeding behavior and volunteerism. These sessions that reached about 78 parents and children aimed to discuss common challenges around child feeding, to provide useful parenting tips and to inculcate volunteerism from early age.

  • A drama session acted by the students themselves to teach children and parents about behaviors that lead to complicated child feeding practices at home.
  • Based on the drama, discussion about best practices around child feeding behavior, home meal planning an school lunch box contents.
  • Storytelling about N4ED’s background and discussion about volunteerism, community engagement and it’s ramification on creating a more equitable society.

New projects

Nutrition and women empowerment community projects in Akaki Kality and Kolfe Keranio sub-cities: this project that aims to reach directly 120 individuals will run for two and half years with the objective of empowering two different communities through nutrition & health education, VSLA groups, gender equality lessons and urban gardening activities. More details and pictures will be available soon.

Satellite program: in partnership with volunteer health professionals, the aim of this program is to reach as many young women as possible in different health institutions to offer guidance, information and tools to better nourish themselves and their children throughout the critical periods of pregnancy, breastfeeding and complementary feeding. More details and pictures will be available soon.