Nutrition Education Center

First inspired by the severe malnutrition of one baby boy and his mother, the Nutrition Education Centers (NECs) provide for the proper nutrition for children, from birth to age five, and pregnant and breastfeeding women. Administering supplemental nutrition and related training, the NECs literally save lives while preparing women to maintain their families’ improved health indefinitely.

CSRL Impacts in 2017:

  • Improved the lives of 479 NEC clients, 131 of whom became graduates
  • Completed one NEC facilities project (kitchen) and began three more (kitchens and latrine)
  • Enabled 35 NEC graduates to complete 1,186 individual income-producing craft items
  • Helped the craft project launch a Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA)
  • Continued exploration of new income-producing activities beyond crafts and tailoring
  • Assisted 123 children and 191 adults in obtaining medical care

Betty Kagoya’s Story:

Betty Kagoya’s youngest daughter was so small at birth that Kagoya named her Miracle. But in the Kamuli District, where poverty is pervasive and families have little access to proper nutrition, Miracle’s long-term prospects were uncertain.

By age 18 months, Miracle was severely malnourished. Kagoya, who was then pregnant with her fourth child, had become malnourished as well. At that critical moment, Kagoya came into contact with Paul Mudhasi, host of the Kiwungu Nutrition Education Center (NEC). Kagoya and Miracle were quickly admitted to the NEC, where both began receiving its nutrient dense porridge. Miracle started to improve within a month’s time. Kagoya grew stronger, too, and soon gave birth to a 10-pound boy named Timothy.

At the NEC, Kagoya began learning about proper nutrition, sanitation and farming practices. Today, thanks to the training she received, Kagoya is able to raise the ingredients to make her own porridge and better feed her family. She was one of 131 NEC graduates in 2017 and plans to join the CSRL crafts program to begin generating household income. “My daughter, Miracle, was so tiny, her leg didn’t even look like a leg. But now she is a big beautiful girl,” says Kagoya, who eagerly tells others about the assistance and instruction she received at the NEC. Through her involvement in the Nutrition Education Center and other CSRL programs, Kagoya’s future, and that of her family, has been nourished and transformed. 

Pictured: Betty Kagoya (center), Miracle (left) and Timothy (right)

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