We know the “Food for the whole year” program, which the Milange community has been implementing since last year. Today we want to ask Sr. Fanny to share with us how they’re doing it.
1. Fanny, could you tell us how you are developing the program during this time?
As you know the goal of the program is to work with women to help them know and develop methods of preserving basic foods after harvest to keep them for the time they are missing.
We also propose to enrich the diet of the family with local products but combination in different ways.
We started the work by following the distribution by areas as it exists in the mission. In each of them we make general meetings and other training of trainers so that later they are the multipliers in the different communities of the same zone.
Zone A, is the nearest, is approximately 30 Kms. But the access road is very bad so that it becomes impassable in the rainy season. In the month of June we went there and stayed for three days, which we evaluated as very positive. Staying with the mothers allowed us to monetize much more time, we worked until the night. In addition to the transmission of knowledge allowed us to put it into practice, in a special way they could learn and taste the improved porridge made with maize, soy and peanut the three products they cultivate. This is a very energetic food for all cases of malnutrition. For the skill they were able to have breakfast of soy milk, which was a novelty for them. 30 representatives from each of the Christian communities participated, they began their training as trainers.
These mothers, together with those of the other areas, have monthly meetings in our house, in which they enrich their formation and at the same time they transmit what they have learned with the other managers of the communities.
In zone B, approximately 90 mothers participated, from each of the communities. In the center of Maúza, where our Christian community belongs, we work for a weekend. We distributed in three groups and worked with the women of each of the 8 communities that exist, the evaluation was positive but they thought that the time was insufficient.
In December we were in Tengua, the first mission of the MDR in Mozambique (1958), the road is very good and the distance is short. Here we meet more than 90 women from the surrounding communities. We were supported by two techniques of District Hospital, Fanny’s companions, one of nutrition and the other of childcare, they assumed the technical part that was very helpful because they learned to make porridge enriched with vegetables, cassava, moringa, etc.. We, the Sisters of the Community, work on the aspects of human formation.
This was the meeting we evaluated as more positive for the collaboration we received, for the participation of mothers and because we ourselves, as a community we managed to program and participate.
We still need to work in areas C and D that we have scheduled for this coming year.
2. What achievements do you think you are getting?
We are very happy because this year in Hospital pediatric nursing There have been many fewer cases of malnutrition than in previous years.
It also encourages the work of training mothers who are sometimes sacrificed, to go to the communities of the interior to transmit what they have learned.
We also see that this year the harvest has been abundant and has not been sold, for another reason, (prices were very low) but has helped to conserve food so that the family can eat throughout the year.
3. What challenges still remain?
The most important is the accompaniment of these groups. Although something can be done through the training sessions of the trainers.
The other is the state of the access roads, which are very deficient and during the rainy season we can not reach some of the areas.
Also the dispersion of the villages which hinders the call and the participation of the mothers.
Thank you, Fanny, how much work you are doing as a community and what a valuable “for” and “with” poor women inside the mission. In this jubilee year where we want to revitalize our missionary identity, would it not be that M. Ascension, in this “Maldonado” of Milange, would accompany you doing this same work?
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