At this point, you probably know more about chronic malnutrition that anyone else on your street! Now let’s get into the nuts and bolts of the project.
So, how will all of this work? In the next few weeks, Edesia (www.edesiaglobal.org) will begin production of 38 tons of Nutributter. In case you are wondering what that looks like, the picture below shows a pallet containing 1 ton of the product for a project we conducted in early 2011.
Once it is produced and packaged by Edesia, the Nutributter will be shipped via ocean freighter to a port in Guatemala and trucked overland to Guatemala City. There, Wuqu’ Kawoq will clear customs, take possession, and move the product to our own storage facility.
Our goal is to enroll 100% of eligible kids in each of our target communities. This is important because, iif close attention isn’t given to achieving coverage, the tendency is only to reach a small portion of potentially eligible children, usually those whose parents are more educated or more familiar with ‘development work.’ In other words, programs that rely heavily on parents simply ‘showing up’ to a distribution center tend to miss the children who are most in need of assistance. We will work closely with local leadership (e.g., the community development councils, elected officials, health promoters, midwives) in each community to ensure that a complete census of all eligible children is drawn up.
Once the list of eligible children is ready, a community meeting will be held for parents, where we will explain the program. At this point, they will be given the opportunity to enroll their children in the program. Each child will be given an ID card with space for recording monthly Nutributter distributions and other key information.
The list of eligible children will be compared after the community meeting to the list of parents who participated. In the case of eligible families who did not participate in the meeting, our staff members will make confidential visits to each home to give these children and parents the chance to enroll.
We will chart the length and weight of the kids at three month intervals, over the twelve months of our program (months 0,3,6,9, and 12). These statistics will serve as the primary outcome measures of the program. And you all will be able to follow along on our website. We will have a section devoted entirely to the USAID project – we’ll let you know as soon as that is live.
In the next several posts, we will start to profile the organizations that we will partner with to carry out this work!