United Nations Association International Service. Rwanda Cohort IV. Blog lll.
Big challenges, bigger results
By Ramona Roca & Gitego Kizito Samantha
What a busy and exciting week we have had;
v Nutrition demonstration
v Building a new drainage system
v Building toilets
We are here to give our support and contribution as volunteers and as part of the community (this is not a holiday indeed!)
The 4th week started in the best of ways - a delicious breakfast made by our host family which was composed of tea, fruits porridge and bread - we were ready to kick it!
The task everyone was most excited about was the Nutrition demonstration in the local district of Sure, Rutsiro, as malnutrition is one of the main issues for many families. We cooked meals for around 80 families, which consisted of carbohydrates (rice, potatoes), proteins (beans, boiled eggs, nuts), vegetables (spinach, carrots, peppers, egg plant) and fruits (bananas). The aim of this was to show local mothers what a balanced diet is. Half of our team (along with some of the local community) started by peeling and cutting vegetables, while the other half (the chefs) prepared porridge for the children. While the adventurous chefs - surrounded by smoke - were preparing the delicious lunch, we went to have a talk with the families about what a regular and balanced diet should be. We also gave some interesting tips; the importance of porridge for babies (contains many nutrients) and the restriction of avocadoes to pregnant woman and children under 2 years old as it contains fat components that are hard to break down.
|Potatoes peeled by the volunteers|
It lasts for an average of 5 months throughout the year, damages many things and in particular, it has damaged the main street of our village. One rainy night whilst walking home, we noticed that people couldn’t get home safely and were struggling to walk up the hill through the rocky wet street. So, eureka! An idea came to our mind - building a new drainage system (water channels)! We were very excited about the idea and we started interviewing the community straight away; we made a project brief ready to present it to the sector Leader.
|Digging for the water drainage|
|Community and volunteers on the final day|
Stay tuned for next week’s blog!