FY18 will be a huge year for Cotton On Body’s ongoing partnership with The Cotton On Foundation. In FY17 we raised over AU$1M dollars to further support our sister communities in Southern Uganda, Thailand and South Africa. Every couple of months we’ll be sharing with you how these funds are making a huge difference to these communities and keeping you up to date with the incredible work The Cotton On Foundation are doing.
After the success of the program in Southern Uganda which has seen over 460 graduates, we’re excited to announce that we have launched our Nutrition Mission program in South Africa, in partnership with Ethekwini (pronounced Et-i-queen-ee) Primary School in the township of KwaMashu, which is 32km north of Durban.
The #NUTRITION MISSION is an education program designed to empower women and their families. It will provide information about diet, nutrition and the impacts of malnutrition. Malnutrition is all too common in developing countries and particularly dangerous for women. It weakens their ability to survive childbirth, makes them more susceptible to infections, and recovery from illness more difficult.
The educational program is designed to help local families and members of the school community with nutritional information and cooking skills, and importantly, help prevent malnutrition. Our pilot program in South Africa was launched in mid March and is an 8 day program covering:
· Basic Nutrition
· Common Health Problems
· Kitchen Equipment and Safety
· Practical Cooking Lessons (which include healthy recipes and cooking methods)
We’ve already run the workshop several times, with twelve participants taking part in each. The two women originally selected as trainers have been assisting with the program to date, and are now running the show. We’ve had so much community interest in the program that we will be introducing weekend and evening classes in the future.
Empowering parents, educators and the wider community with the skills they need to provide nutrition meals to learners and their families is just step one.
Soon there will be a functioning kitchen established at the Primary School and we hope to have all staff participating in the program. We will assess what the students are currently eating on a daily basis and ensure they are being provided with healthy and nutritious meals that align with the Department of Basic Education’s national feeding scheme. We also hope to get a community garden up and running soon, watch this space!
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Visit a Cotton On Body store throughout our #NUTRITIONMISSION month of October 2017 and simply purchase a Cotton On Foundation product. Or, shop the range online here.
That way, you’ll be helping us reach our #NUTRITIONMISSION goal, so that we can empower women to build healthy and sustainable futures. THANK YOU!