Our nutrition program comprises three areas: Water Catchment, Chicken Coops, and Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) Gardens.
This approach uses pre-existing infrastructure to catch and store water. The water is also used by the students, for the chicken coops and helps water the plants in our CSA gardens.
Water Catchment Systems:
Our water catchment is the lifeblood of our nutrition program. It ensures that the entire program can be implemented without negatively impacting the community. For example, it ensures that communities can grow additional crops aimed at boosting nutritional diversity without sacrificing limited water. In addition to mitigating risk, they provide valuable water which is used by students at our affiliated schools. Most importantly, they are cheap to install (under $1000 USD) and provide incredible results.
We've seen communities adopt the technology and install additional units themselves once we have left, it's beautiful to see.
Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) Gardens:
Our CSA Gardens were established with two objectives in mind:
1) To improve nutritional diversity and access to iron.
2) To teach improved agricultural and nutritional practises as well as effective utilization of technology in agriculture.
At present, anemia effects over 50% of children under the age of 5 in Eastern Uganda which has long term negative impacts and is more costly to treat then it is to prevent. Our goal through this program is to provide schools with self sufficient nutritional diversity.
TWSB Chicken Coops serve a variety of purposes:
1) They provide a sustainable source of eggs which are used to feed the students at participating schools
2) In the 3 months of the year that the students are not in school, the eggs are sold and generate a passive income which is used for scholastic material purchases.
3) 150 Chicken's (TWSB Standard Coop Size) produce 5kg of manure each day. This manure is used in the garden to improve soil fertility.