Please note this program is an unpaid global health education program. There is a program fee required to participate. This program fee pays for on-site services such a lodging, language classes (if relevent), 24/7 emergency support, coordination of rotations and/or placements, and on-site staff. CFHI is a nonprofit organization committed to fair-trade partnerships around the world. Please use the following code “HandshakeCFHI” in order to have the application fee waived when applying for a program on the CFHI website.
Uganda is known as the bread basket of Eastern Africa, with the majority of the country covered with fertile soils belonging to small peasant farmers that comprise of 80% of the population. There’s no shortage of food in Uganda, yet the majority of its poorest households are reported to be “food insecure,” with poor health and disease exacerbated by malnutrition. Approximately 45% of children under the age of 5 suffer from severe malnutrition. Pregnant and lactating women, people living with HIV, elders, and school children, particularly from rural villages, struggle to eat enough food, and enough variety of foods to fulfill daily nutrient levels – leaving a large majority of the population at risk.
Become a part of the community in Kabale, a town in southwestern Uganda, and learn about their ground-breaking integrated approach to addressing “The Bread Basket Paradox” and improving food security and nutrition. Assist a local nonprofit organization in their efforts to treat and prevent maternal and child malnutrition through education and counseling. Visit local primary and secondary schools and participate in Nutrition Education Outreach using participatory drama and theater. Learn about sustainable agriculture and permaculture with a local social enterprise organization. Participate in workshops with village community groups and explore methods of growing a diversity of foods closer to people’s homes.
In addition, meet with trainers at a Rabbit Breeding & Training Center and learn how rabbit rearing is an effective way to improve protein and B12 intake, and generate household income. Travel to rural villages throughout Kabale District and meet with local people who organize themselves into ngozi village groups. Through a microcredit program supported by CFHI’s partner in Kabale, groups gain access to seeds, farming tools and agricultural training. Witness the positive impact of these programs on individuals’ economic situations and maternal and child health in their communities.