Growing Healthy Kids and Futures

Think back to the last week...how many different types of foods did you eat?

In the last week I have made Mexican food, Italian food, traditional American breakfast, burgers, fresh veggies, lots of salads, and more. What have you had? What special meals do you have planned coming up?

In America, we very rarely have the same TYPE of meal back-to-back much less the exact same foods BUT...

A really good meal in the villages of Malawi looks like this:

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Nsima with greens or beans. No variation. Super special moments call for goat or chicken and sometimes mornings are marked with porridge but rarely is there variation from these exact food much less types of foods.

Culturally Malawians often expect every meal to include nsima or it is not a meal.

What does this mean for their nutrition?

90% of a Malawian family's diet is corn based with plenty of calories but limited nutrients. The greens that are often eaten in the villages with nsima are low in available nutrients too.

What's the GOOD news?

Our local community in Malawi has seen a HUGE improvement in our children's hemoglobin levels (iron in their blood) and overall health according to out health checks! Woo hoo! Our anemia feeding program is working and the community is getting educated as to what eating meat and a variety of fruits and vegetables will do for their health.

Clean plates and big smiles bring our hearts joy! Imagine how many more plates of food and smiles the future holds as we increase the Grace Center!

Clean plates and big smiles bring our hearts joy! Imagine how many more plates of food and smiles the future holds as we increase the Grace Center!

More good news: Our gardens and farms are producing a variety of vegetables and our children in Timothy and Patricia's Homes are being fed a balanced diet.

As we add the land of the Grace Center our ability to grow these, very necessary, foods only increases!

Our corn goes towards nsima for our kids but the sale of it also goes towards meat and healthy variation...a ground breaking concept in Malawi! 

Join us as we raise the last 1/3 needed for our land purchase! What better way to say Happy Mother's Day to the mother figure in your life than donating towards healthy, happy kids and their futures in her honor?

Posted on May 4, 2017 .