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Nascent Celebrates Global Handwashing Day

Nascent Solutions joined the international community on October 15th in celebrating Global Handwashing day. Utilizing a sanitation-is-fun approach we have been educating pupils in rural schools in Bui Division in Cameroon to wash their hands regularly, particularly before eating and after bathroom breaks. These simple guidelines are often absent in poor communities where more immediate issues of finding food and survival dominate social consciousness.

However our education initiatives, paired with Nascent Solutions’ construction of handwashing stations as part of the McGovern-Dole Food For Education program’s implementation has yielded good results. Many children now regard handwashing at the hands-free handwashing stations as a fun activity and are eager to wash their hands before meals, after bathroom breaks and after various other youthful shenanigans.

Celebrating days like the Global Handwashing day helps deepen the entrenchment of good sanitary habits, and we found the pupils in our project schools eager commemorators this year.

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International Women’s day 2016

Nascent Solutions joins the international community in celebrating International Women’s day 2016. NSI staff salute the marginalized women of the world. We acknowledge and support their struggle to find voice and agency against ancient customs and forces of oppression and discrimination.

Our programs seek to embody the pledge for parity that is this year’s theme. In Africa where we operate, women still face uphill struggles for equality and parity of opportunity, chance and choice in their lives and their children’s lives.

However we continue to work to educate both men and women in our initiatives, about the importance and need for empowered women in creating strong, stable, happy communities. Thus while we celebrate the many strong, business and community leader women whose voices our programs have helped liberate, we likewise acknowledge that we are a long ways off, from our global objective of equality and parity of women with men in all things.
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Ending Gender Based Violence

NSI joined the international community in commemorating 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence which began on November 25th to proceed through December 10th. Gender-based violence is endemic in the communities in which we work and international condemnation and attention of gender-based assaults help greatly in changing the culture and shaming perpetrators in our beneficiary communities.

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NSI has worked for over 10 years in Sub-Saharan Africa, bringing women together to mobilize and inspire them towards financial autonomy, education and psychological emancipation from circumstances that marginalize or abuse them.The women’s groups we helped form in Cameroon, Uganda and Zambia wholeheartedly condemn and work to bring about an end to gender-based violence within their groups and in their communities as a whole.

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They and our staff stand together with the international community in advocacy for the battered, abused and undervalued victims of gender-based who often times do not have a voice within their own communities, being the casualties of archaic custom, poverty and violent partners, employers, relatives and/or parents.

With education, mobilization and your support we will continue to emancipate and empower the most vulnerable.

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Happy Mother’s Day to All Our Mother Friends

Dear Friend of Nascent Solutions, The Board, Management, Staff, and yes, Mothers of Nascent Solutions wish you a joyous and memorable Mother’s Day 2015.

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Mother’s Day ’15 comes with particular significance for our organization. We just celebrated our 10th anniversary of operations in the three African countries we currently support. And the major focus area for us has been to support the Mothers in these countries, who need all the help they can get, to become self-sufficient.

This support has been deep and varied: from training widows to safeguard their inheritance and develop small businesses in Zambia, to enabling refugee women whose breastmilk has dried up feed their children with nutritive supplements in East Cameroon; from providing food to war and AIDS widows in Northern Uganda, and literacy to rural women in Zambia’s Mpika District, to school meals for children in North West Cameroon. Thanks to your generous support, we made a difference and brought smiles to the faces of thousands of mothers across Africa. The Mothers of Africa thank you for your helping hand.

As we embark on our second decade of operations, the challenges for mothers on the continent are growing and the need for additional support more urgent. The rainfall on which they depend to grow their crops is becoming erratic in volume and frequency, thanks to climate change. Their children are fleeing the continent in droves to seek better lives abroad, many of them dying in the process. Ebola, HIV/AIDS and other perennial diseases have decimated thousands and devastated entire economies.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day ’15, let us remember the mothers of the Mother Continent. Let us step up our support to help them help themselves and their families.

Once again, send us with your support. We shall happily deliver it to these mothers, as we have done for the past decade.

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Nascent Family and Beneficaries Celebrate Literacy Day

Nascent Solutions Staff and Beneficiaries in Cameroon, Zambia and Uganda today, joined the International community in celebrating Literacy Day 2015. As an organization we fully support the year’s theme of Literacy and Sustainable Development. It is our belief that sustainable initiatives are crucial to creating stable healthy and autonomous societies which are endowed with good quality of life and self-belief. Literacy is necessary to serve in these communities as an invaluable tool to assimilate, preserve and transmit collective knowledge and ideas. As well as their evolution.

In the WEAVE project implemented by NS in Zambia, the literacy training we provided cohorts played a vital role, in equipping book-keepers for the community banking and micro-finance efforts which substantially increased household incomes and purchasing power for food and school supplies, for over 6,000 women in Zambia’s Northern region.

This example illustrates the necessary partnering of sustainability and literacy. As an organization we deliberately pursue initiatives that pair literacy and sustainability together, such as the Food For Education project in Cameroon, for which NS with the support of USAID helped establish school gardens in Bui Division.

It is our hope that as we celebrate literacy today, going forward, the common natural and environment heritage shared by the world will spur more efforts, to educate the poorest, the most vulnerable  and forgotten communities, inspiring them to join in actively and in significant ways in the stewardship of our planet and it’s finite resources.

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Men support Maternal and Child Care in E. Uganda

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With the support from the 2013 -2014 USAID International Food Relief Partnership grant, Nascent Solutions encourages men to assume equal responsibility in feeding and caring for the children, family and the sick.

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With the District Health Services, the Safe Motherhood Program (TSMP) and the Teso Widow’s Development Initiative (TEWIDI) Nascent trained 60 Volunteer Village Health Trainees (VHTs) in six sub-counties to raise awareness and build the capacity of the communities to address the root causes of poor maternal and child health.

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Nascent and partners provided food assistance to 3900 severely food insecure households (total of 27,300 vulnerable persons). The project also reached 5,769 men and women with messages on good nutrition and sanitation practices, reproductive health and family planning practices and the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

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WFP & Nascent Partner for Refugees in Cameroon

The WFP and Nascent project to assist Central African Republic refugees and their hosts attain self-sufficient lives got underway in November 2013 in Cameroon’s eastern region, with early deliveries of implements for the development of pasture and farmland.

The project covered pasture development via the removal of invasive grass species, beneficial tree and shrub planting and the establishment of pasture barriers, as well as livestock and agriculture training, and took its first steps with the delivery of urgently needed tools. Nascent and WFP staff made the long drive through poor roads, to reach the inaccessible Kette district and four of the project’s target communities: Bedobo, Boubara, Gbiti and Timangolo. Project staffers were received by local administrators and over 100 participating refugees and their hosts in each of the four project locations. Initial deliveries of over 1500 tools, including; hoes, wheelbarrows, machetes, rakes and other essential implements were effected. The participants expressed excitement and gratitude at receiving these simple but badly needed tools as well as an eagerness to begin phase two of the project. However the deliveries still fell short of the necessary objectives due to a larger than expected number of project participants in the visited districts.wfp

With the initial implement and tool delivery complete, groundwork began to further coordinate efforts with local administrators, refugees and hosts to effectively begin pasture development with land clearing, invasive specie removal, tree planting, construction of water points and fences. Once the final tool deliveries were complete, the second phase comprising training, clearing and planting phase effectively began, but was limited by a lack of resources.

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Empowered Women Inspire Rebirth of Rural Zambia

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6,304 empowered women are turning the tide of poverty and repression in Zambia’s Northern region. They are the beneficiaries of WEAVE (Women Empowered-to-Fight Aids and Violence Everywhere), supported by USAID and Nascent in Zambia’s remote eastern region. WEAVE women have recently celebrated world AIDS day, and raised their voices in 16 days of activism against gender based violence, working to end the blight of HIV, through largely attended sensitization meetings, HIV test provision, and fighting against a culture of repression and abuse against women. Other effects of their empowerment can be seen in the K128, 221,500 ($25,600) the women have saved in community banks established as part of the program, and in the 1,172 small businesses women have started, greatly supplementing household income and strongly asserting financial autonomy. Women who previously had no source of income are now engaged in myriad enterprises including selling groceries, agriculture produce, livestock, fish, beer brewing, building stones, knitting/sewing, and fritters.

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Most remarkable is the great enthusiasm in the community for training in basic literacy and computing, which the program hasprovided, greatly expanding the business resources and know-how available to the community as a whole.

Kelvin Kuba a once severely malnourished boy in rural Zambia can walk and play again. His return to good health was also principal objective of project WEAVE. The program in it’s third year has assisted over 2,010 malnourished children like Kelvin; of whom well over 80% gained weight while in the program, with 551 children being fully rehabilitated. The program has provided nutritional assistance through the Positive Deviance Hearth Model and has assisted families in the transition from the use of critical nutritional supplements to locally grown and produced food crops that have been identified as offering the required nutritional support. Nascent staff have helped in training for the cultivation of nutrient and protein rich crops such as soy beans and corn whose production will be supervised by local communities, government and volunteer institutions once the project is completed. Thus the positive trajectory for youth, health and welfare initiated by WEAVE in eastern rural Zambia, is ready to be continued in a sustainable, and autonomous way, by the happy indigenes.

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Ambassador Visits Women’s Project in Zambia

On April 19th, 2011, the US Ambassador to Zambia, His Excellency Mark C. Storella paid a cordial visit to the USAID supported WEAVE project in Mpika District in Zambia.  WEAVE is a three-year women’s empowerment program being implemented by Nascent Solutions in Zambia. Its immediate goals are to:

– Increase the ability of 12,000 women affected by HIV/AIDS in Mpika District to start and run economically successful and sustainable small businesses.

– Improve the nutritional status of 1,500 vulnerable children under age 5.

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Ambassador Storella was received at the Chikakala Health center by members of the WEAVE staff, the Country Director, the District Health Officer and the USAID team. The Ambassador was given a tour of the site, during which he asked pointed questions about the program’s implementation, the acquisition of data, medication and the challenge of meeting electrical and power needs. The Country Director fielded the Ambassador’s questions, and he was particularly happy to learn that Health Center used solar panels to sustain and maintain power.
Next the Ambassador visited the HEP packing site and assisted in packing and distributing HEPs to 25 mothers. He also viewed the PD/Hearth demo, with which he was favorably impressed. Ambassador Storella, also observed and assisted in feeding malnourished children who are enrollees in the PD/Hearth program.

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At the end of his visit the Ambassador discussed some of the challenges of implementation with the staff, such as the overwhelming numbers of children in need of assistance. He commended the great community partnership and the efficient running of the program.

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Yavette Chikwanda Rehabilitates Her Malnourished Child

Yavette Chikwanda is 2 years 11 months old. He had severe malnutrition at the age of 2 years and he was weighing 6 kgs.

He was enrolled on PD Hearth by Naomi Mulenga, a WEAVE Nutrition volunteer in Chakopo. Yavette was successfully rehabilitated and he now weighs 13kgs, he plays and he is very active. The mother Beauty Chikwanda thanks Naomi for saving her sons life. She says the other children will never suffer from malnutrition because she has learnt how prepare nutritious food for the family. Before Rehabilitation is on the left and the picture below is After Rehabilitation.

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