Community Nutrition Project (Kanchanrup Municipality, Saptari)
The southern flatlands of Nepal, known as the Terai, are the most densely populated area of Nepal. Despite having the highest levels of agriculture production in the country, Terai communities suffer from the poorest results in health and development surveys.
NPCS was challenged to take its community nutrition work into this region after decades of experience working in the middle-hills of Nepal. A partnership with local government authorities of Kanchanrup Municipality was identified. This is one of the neediest areas in the southeast of the country and is home to over 63,000 people, close to the flood-prone Koshi River.
The project started early in 2022 with the aim to improve the nutrition of vulnerable women and children in the area.
This project is funded by Misean Cara, Ireland and Wesley Foundation, Japan.
Some of our project activities include:
- Specialised counselling and regular follow ups at home for pregnant women and new mothers
- Training for local women’s groups and for fathers
- Regular growth monitoring for under-5 children and follow ups with malnourished kids
- Explaining basic concepts of food, nutrition and a balanced diet
- Teaching people how to grow, cook and prepare easily available local foods
- Training teachers and supporting adolescent students in healthy eating habits
- Helping small groups of women to produce ‘superflour’ (a nutritious weaning food) for sale to local families and for distribution to needy children
- Running model vegetable gardens at selected schools to target the high levels of junk food consumption
- Contributing to community celebrations and exhibitions to promote good nutrition and local foods.