Health promotion with development of prosperity and autonomy

Health promotion with development of prosperity and autonomy

LesothoCanada
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

WFPA promotes nutrition and agricultural development based on local production of a ‘leaf extract’ supplement to combat malnutrition and assure health.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Children and women are dying from malnutrition and related health issues, and stunting of children is documented for at least 60% of the population (Lesotho). Prevention of ‘disease’ states by assuring adequate nutrition through development of actions that put the individuals and groups concerned at the centre of the solution rather than as ‘receivers of aid,’ which is necessary to balance extremes of ‘poverty’ and wealth.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

In many countries people who have been in a food crisis situation are used to receiving food aid. Rather than give food, our goal is to assist people to produce their own, and increase their incomes by selling some. For the focus group, (children under five and pregnant women), the production and distribution of a protein-rich food supplement made in a community workshop can temporarily provide protein and nutrients they need. Creating the opportunity for their parents to then also start growing food for themselves and for sale by providing a microfinance fund will assure that they will be able to feed the children and themselves, so they will not again need supplement. In Southern Africa, where being HIV positive exposes people to opportunistic Infections, having a sure supply of nutritious food, can make a difference between life and death. In addition to assuring the supply of adequate nutritious foods is the importance of assuring that knowledge about nutrition is available.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Many organizations including UNICEF are involved in ‘removing the problem of food insecurity’ by giving food or supplement. One organization which has become known by the organization and serves as a model in some aspects of its work, in terms of prosperity and autonomy is F.U.N.D.E.A.C. in Colombia (South America) Recently many organizations have created a collaborative effort to reach the MDG goal of promoting child and maternal health. It appears that a gap between health and ‘agriculture development’ may still exist. Funding is still going primarily to organizations that promote ‘feeding’ people than those that wish to support promotion of actions towards autonomy of the lowest income people.
About You
Organization:
World Foundation for Prosperity and Autonomy - Lesotho Branch
About You
First Name

Sandy

Last Name

Gershuny

About Your Organization
Organization Name

World Foundation for Prosperity and Autonomy - Lesotho Branch

Organization Country
Country where this project is creating social impact
How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Quality.

Social Impact
Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

Adequate nutritional status for all people including children under five and pregnant women is our goal. This adequate nutritional status is a prerequisite to maintaining good health (and life ).

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Experimental trials have shown the capacity of the concept to be integrated into a rural community in Lesotho. Continuation of the project at the site of the home town of the High Commissioner is currently being planned.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

Establishment of at least two project sites in each of Lesotho and Haiti, and a selected IDP camp in Somalia would be the very minimum. It is absolutely expected that positive results will have an exponential effect on expansion and that our challenge will be effective but flexible management of numerous sites within these countries and others surrounding them. Establishment of a team to source microfinance funds to initiate as many projects as possible is envisaged

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The largest barrier to success has been shown to be opposition by local people who see progress happening and want a part but do not intend to work for it. A basic component of the initial training for area coordinators in overseas projects and youth ‘interns’ which is a basic strategy of the ‘Virtues Project tm, concerns setting clear boundaries. Each project participant should be aware of limits, roles and objectives of project actions and be able to share with any interested person or group. With PATIENCE and our objectives clearly in mind, it should be possible to create communities of cooperation and service.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Establishing a microfinance fund for 50 farmers and distribution of nutritional supplement to 500 children and pregnant women

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Complete fundraising for travel and activities in Lesotho to consolidate the NGO management; hire area coordinators

Task 2

Set up the micro-finance fund; assure capacity of area coordinator and NGO project committee to assist participants in applying

Task 3

Acquire building and scaled-up machinery for production of ‘leaf extract’ nutritional supplement; hire women

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Expand to Haiti in collaboration with Veterimed. A microfinance fund allows women to set up small farms and develop the "leaf ex

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Consult with local organizations in Haiti about modality for working the project; fundraising among Haitian diaspora in Montreal

Task 2

Carry out all tasks as per Lesotho project for two sites in Haiti

Task 3

Evaluate accomplishments to date and hold general consultation with Board and International consultants about further expansion

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

We are developing partnerships with individual writers, researchers, organizations interested in sustainable development. The invitation by the High Commissioner of Lesotho in Canada to develop the nutrition project in her home community is a particular honour. Collaboration with the Agriculture Ministry and the Health Ministry is an understood principle in Lesotho, as it would be in any other country in which a project is initiated.

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?

We will approach UN bodies to spread the model officially in Somalia other Eastern African countries (refugee camps) so that the ‘crisis’ mode may be moved into ‘development’ mode and the people begin to take control over their source of food, income and health again.
Armed with statistics of the capacity to eliminate malnutrition of children and pregnant women by the ‘leaf extract’ and project model in Lesotho, we are confident the people living in the camps will take the project concepts to more permanent locations and share with others to promote prosperity for all.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

An organization that functions on the principle of consultation, integrity, trust and cooperation is essential for the successful forward movement of this work. Clarity of roles of the partners and organization staff will assure efficient running of the administrative aspects.

A basic principle that characterizes the organization’s belief in prosperity based on the equality of opportunity of women and men, people of all races, classes, educational backgrounds or none, ages is understood, as is, the principle of autonomy. (the organization does not give ‘handouts’ but encourages, builds cooperation, seeks to provide microfinance and supports/educates to establish sustainable change)

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Collaborating with any organization that would like to put this project model in place. The more people that share their knowledge and talents the more effective will be this work.