HEALTH IS WEALTH
In the suburbs of Kampala District, in 1987 group of women living inNtulumeVillageestablished Ntulume Village Women Development a non-governmental organization.
Mission:-Families equipped, through entrepreneurship skills and capacity building for sustainable livelihoods.
Through its programmes, the organization has socially and economically empowered its members.
On 24th June 2011, NVIWODA introduced a Healthy is Wealthy prgoramme to its members with aim of maintaining, good health for productivity.
BecauseUgandais endowed with good weather, vegetables and fruits grow very well. Many farmers however, mostly grow food crops like maize, bananas, potatoes, cassava Ground nuts and beans for household consumption. Vegetables are occasionally grown and at many homesteads fruits like mangoes, avocado and papaw, in rural areas grow freely. Other vegetables like spinach, lettuce, carrots, cucumber and others need to be planed and cultivated.
Many families have dependants and the household budget, most times is not sufficient for the family to afford combining balanced diet necesseties like a variety of vegetables and fruits. It is feared that it is not enough to feed and satisfy the family and probably because of lack of the essence of nutritional values.To ensure good health among women and children it is important to educate mothers on the Nutrition and diet.
NVIWODA started this education to create awareness among its member entrepreneurs during the weekly thursday meetings. Before the 2 hours meeting ends members are served a variety of vegetables and fruit juices.
On 24th June women prepared vegetable salads that comprised of, white onions, garlic, beetroot, cucumber, celery, raisins, milk, sweet paper, lettuce, carrots, dressed with olive oil, mayonnaise, and lemon juice.
The fresh vegetables are obtained from Nakasero Market in the City centre of Kampala, because some vegetable like lettuce, spinach, beetroot, celery and others are normally available is this farmers market.
After washing with salt solution, the vegetable are grated and dressed with mayonaise and olive oil and served fresh.
Members said ” we are glad to share together this knowledge, while others said they did not know how to prepare it.
Christine commented “Usually my daughter buys beetroot but I had not known its health and nutiriall benefits. It decays in the fridge and I throw it away. Now I know its benefits to us I will encourage her to buy more.
As we budget for food stuffs, please put into consideration blancing the nutrients you serve to your family.
This is additional knowledge that NVIWODA offers to its members.
On the 30th June a blend of mixed fruit juice was served i.e mangoes, water memlon, oranges, carrots, pineapple, passion fruits, beetroot, banans, and lemon.
This was very rich and nutritious fresh concentrate with no additives. “This is a Healthy life enhancing drink”. Margaret who is a nurse by profession commented.
Natural food therapy is an aid to prevent a number of ailments and conditions as well as to maintain health and vitality. A regular raw vegetable and fruit juice is a great strengthener of bodily function, assisting in the prevention of the premature degeneration of the skin, flesh, glands and organs that causes so many who should be enjoying a long and active prime of life to lapse into early senility.
Within a quarter of an hour of consumption, on an empty stomach, raw juices begin to enter the blood stream through the digestive processes. Therefore glands, organs and every cell of the body are able to extract quickly their individual food requirements, enabling them to perform in a strong and normal way.
NVIWODA entrepreneurs need to be health in order to be productive entrepreneurs Ms. Nyarwa advised the members.
Most of the vegetables and fruits have amazing health benefits for almost every part of the body and act as a catalyst in healing many ailments.