In Papua New Guinea, a new project to address child malnutrition teaches families and children how to grow nutritious vegetables at home. The nutrition awareness sessions not only teach parents how to grow nutritious foods, but what foods they should give their children to keep them healthy and strong. Recipes are demonstrated during each session, giving community members hands on experience and a chance to sample the food.
So far, 60 interested farmers have received a start-up kit and have started planting. One farmer has already harvested ‘green boy’ cabbages and is selling at the local market.
32 school plots in 4 schools have also been planted as part of the project. Digorobu Primary School in the Central Province of Papua New Guinea is one of the schools that has benefited . Students first received school desks and learning materials and recently received a start-up kit including seeds such as capsicum, cabbages, beans, spring onions and tomatoes, and tools including a spade, forks, shade cloth and watering cans. The school is located a three hours' drive from Port Moresby, the capital, and has about 100 students.
Children are benefting through active participation and lessons on ‘Making a Living’. The school gardens encourage children to learn and enhance their life skills, giving them the chance to become strong, self-reliant adults by learning to grow vegetables to eat and sell.
This project is supported by the New Zealand Aid Programme. To find out more about ChildFund's work in Papua New Guinea, read about the recent work providing desks and chairs to Digorobu in the article A better environment for learning.