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This year AFP is raising funds for our work with our Partner Organisation in India, Cividep, with whom we have worked with for a number of years through our Paropkaar Programme.
Cividep and AFP are working with the tribal community in the Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka, India. The funds raised will go to support the health awareness project working with tribal women and the communities on improving their health and nutrition as well as encouraging the traditional remedies used naturally by the community to better health.
Whilst there have been many advances in India, this community faces many challenges. The women in particular suffer from anaemia and exhaustion. Their livelihood includes tiring and strenuous work, women tend to work in the nearby coffee plantations where they have seasonal work as coffee pickers. Men work in the fields too. Many of these communities had been subsistence farmers but due to demands on their land owing to India’s economic growth, their existence as farmers and forest dwellers is increasingly threatened. Without continuous work, many starve or have low nutritional levels, monsoon brings fever and the children regularly suffer from diarrhoea due to poor nutritional and hygiene.
AFP are supporting Cividep with their work in training local women to become health activists and help to educate the community in how they can increase their overall health. As the traditional carers of the family, these women will share this knowledge and help to improve this health of the whole family.The training focuses on: – supporting young women to learn and respect their bodies – support women with family planning and maternal health including advocating breastfeeding – supporting communities in how to make sure they receive all the nutrition they need from their meals using local produce grown in their small plots like gourd and in the forest. – increased awareness about the importance of vaccinations and monitoring a child’s health. – encouraging use of traditional remedies such as the use of effective local herbs which combat many illness.
This is a really important project which will have a massive impact on these communities.
If you would like to run, contact Kruti Buch on 0207 065 0793/ firstname.lastname@example.org