The rate of malnutrition in Nigeria and across Africa is alarming and more stakeholders need to come together to keep more rural mothers aware and assisted.
A recent report by UNICEF states that 25% of Nigerian children are stunted and more are even wasting. This is as a result of lack of nutritious foods, and sometimes, a lack of knowledge on how to prepare available foods in more nutritious ways.
According to the WHO; the most important ingredient in reducing the scourge of malnutrition in African nations is to get GOOD FOOD across to those who need them as quick as possible.
We have made some efforts to go offline to reach out to mothers from our small purse between July 2016 and now.
AUGUSTSECRETS FEEDS 1000 children, trains 300 women on making nutritious weaning foods from African ingredients.
In the light of the prevalent scourge of infant and child malnutrition, Makoko is known to be home to a high population of children who mostly lack access to nutritious foods daily.
According to the Founder of Augustsecrets, Mrs Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo, one of the organisation’s values is to provide more nutritious meals and cooking ideas for children in the first 1000 days of life, which is known as the window of opportunity when they need an intake of rich dietary micro-nutrients.
Oluwatoyin said that children in such areas need to be shown love during and after the yuletide. She stated that their parents most importantly, need more empowerment and community interventions to know how to prepare cost-effective meals for their children using homegrown foods such as soya, brown rice, beans, crayfish, and so on. “We hope to do more of this in the coming year and most importantly empower their parents with skills so that they can live better lives and provide food for their children adequately”
“Earlier this year, we trained 200 new mothers on how to make homemade meals to wean their babies and we also gave them free food samples. We believe that business is not just about making money, but reaching out to those who cannot afford the basic necessities of life. We are still young in business but we hope to do more as we get support. The foods we manufacture are made with 100% natural, African staples are formulated to provide complete nutrition for children in a creative way for the first 1000 days of life", Oluwatoyin said.