Since 2011, Designing Hope has embarked on a programme promoting techniques of sustainable agriculture (permaculture, agroecology, agroforestry) as a solution
for self-subsistence and to improve nutrition. At the same time, the NGO has developed educational tools, particularly for young people, to encourage them to eat a healthy and balanced diet.
The promotion of a balanced diet, accessible to as many people as possible by encouraging the self-production of vegetables through a family vegetable garden, was a wish from Designing Hope to help the HIV-positive women it has supported since its creation.
Indeed, a better knowledge of what a balanced diet is, the rehabilitation of local resources and the teaching of cultivation principles adapted to these situations, can be definite assets to improve the quality of life of these people, for whom strengthening their immune defences is essential, especially in areas heavily affected by HIV-AIDS.
Designing Hope also raises awareness among HIV-positive women about the benefits of a balanced diet to improve their immune defenses through the creation of recipe books aimed at encouraging the consumption of vegetables from the garden in recipes inspired by traditional recipes.
Le Jardin des Savoir-Faire, a new project by Designing Hope in Eswatini, focuses on nutrition education: The project includes the construction of a kitchen within the premises of the centre to work with women on the processing and preservation of vegetables from the vegetable garden.
Designing Hope has thus committed itself to the “Garden Your Health” educational programme, with the support of The Ivory Foundation. It has multiplied the educational gardens, in a hospital, in several schools, day care centres for orphans, houses of the youth in several African countries, which today benefit several hundred young people, and raise awareness through them in their families.
in a hospital, in several schools, day care centres for orphans, houses of the youth in several African countries, which today benefit several hundred young people.
of children, and raise awareness through them in the family.
The aim is to fight against junk food, of which the countries of the South are victims, just as much as in the North.
The proliferation of cheap processed products (extruded snacks, sodas…) sold at low prices at the entrance of school are a reality in Africa and unfortunately this junk food too often replace a lunch for poor families who can’t afford to pay for the canteen
Since its involvement with the Ecole de Bercy in Paris, Designing Hope now addresses the theme of nutrition for young people from nursery school to secondary school, with teaching materials in English and French, adapted to local cultural contexts.
The association develops teaching manuals for teachers and children, according to their age group, as well as educational tools such as board games (nutrition game, food pyramid, memory of fruit and vegetables, etc.) in order to make young people aware of the challenges of nutrition.
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