Nanthomba Zone YES and Eco-Club Activities – January 2021

After a recent generous donation, CITW Malawi’s Symon Chibaka was able to organise a series of workshops for YES and Eco-Club children to learn more about COVID-19… what it is, how to protect themselves and their families from it, and through diet, how to build strong immune systems.

Learning About COVID-19

Mr Nyirenda, a Health Worker from Nandombo Health Centre, recently spent some time with our CITW children and youth, educating them about COVID-19.

He covered a number of areas, including a brief history of COVID-19; how it is spread; preventative measures and what our CITW children and youth need to do in order to avoid it, as well as help other people in their communities to prevent it as well.

Twenty children and five mentors attended this launch event. Ultimately, all four CITW cluster centres will attend this workshop.

The children try a sample meal, which served as lunch, after attending a session on learning about a balanced diet

Mr Nyirenda also covered the importance of eating a balanced diet as a way of enhancing the body’s immune system. He explained to the children and youth that there is no better treatment for COVID-19 than a strong immune system, which is enhanced by eating a healthy and balanced diet.

He further elaborated on the six food groups, and then listed under each group those food sources that are available in the local communities. He asked the children to do a further listing of all food supplies that they knew and were available in the villages, and finally asked them to group them all into six food groups.

Mr Nyirenda used this table to help the children group the food which they know is available in the villages, into the six food groups, which make up a balanced diet

Mr Nyirenda asked the children to take the message, and the knowledge about a balanced diet home to their villages, to their parents and siblings, so that they can all keep themselves protected against COVID-19.

Nanthomba Reforestation: “Growing together with my forest!”

Seedlings ready for planting

The Nanthomba reforestation session covered the separation of seedlings which were ready for distribution and planting them, from those not yet for distribution.

By the end of the first week of February, the children/youth and their mentors will have distributed over 7 000 seedlings to those groups, families and individuals whose land is ready to plant trees this rainy season.

Seedlings not yet ready for distribution

Our heartfelt thanks go to Mr Ian Strange for the financial support that made these activities possible. The communities and the children we reach with your assistance greatly appreciate your helping hand. Your donation was timely, focused on the right people and highly effective.

Report by Symon Chibaka, CITW Malawi Programme Co-ordinator

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