Here at NutriGreens, we are a passionate, not-for-profit organisation led solely by hard working University of Nottingham students. We have created an interactive 'Healthy Future Resource Pack', using the National Curriculum, which we are selling to local primary schools in Nottingham to educate and empower young children about healthy, sustainable living through nutrition and raise awareness of malnutrition. The funds raised from selling our unique resource pack will go directly into our international project in Uganda, in which our primary focus is to alleviate the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies in Ugandan children through the provision of micronutrient supplements, whilst educating communities about their nutritional needs. Each £100 made from selling our Healthy Future Resource Pack to education settings covers the cost of micronutrient supplements required for the first 1000 days of one child's life.
It is during the first 1000 days of life that meeting nutritional requirements is crucial. Without this, like many children in Uganda are experiencing, serious health conditions can occur. For instance, 53% of children below the age of 5 are suffering with iron deficiency anaemia, which causes extreme fatigue, poor concentration, and an increased risk of mortality. Poor nutrition also causes poor academic performance, which results in low wage jobs and the inability to buy nutritious food, and so the poverty and malnutrition cycle continues. Over 33% of children under the age of 5 are suffering from stunting, meaning their physical and cognitive development has been irreversibly limited by a lack of nutrition. It is likely these rates of malnutrition are much higher than we know, as they can be difficult to assess.
We find these statistics heart-breaking, especially as malnutrition shouldn't be occurring in an age where agricultural systems are the most developed they've ever been, and food is being produced in excess in many areas of the world. Therefore, we are working hard to put an end to the unnecessary struggle these children are subjected to so early on in their lives, and instead providing them with a chance of a brighter future.
Internationally, we have partnered with two schools in Kampala, Uganda, of whom we will begin to distribute multi-micronutrient supplements to be given to the children. We have grown a trustworthy list of contacts in Uganda so that we now have the ability to carry out the aims of the project efficiently.