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Food/ Agriculture Aid

Over the last 15 years Nascent has been on the front lines of the fight for food security in Africa, responding with the support of the USDA and USAID to food crises caused by drought, poverty, or civil conflict in countries as disparate as Sierra-Leone, Zambia, Uganda, Liberia, and Cameroon. Nascent, with the help of our sponsors, has established HIV survivor support groups comprising more than 3,000 individuals, helped affected persons set up farms, providing transitional support food aid, farming training and high yield seeds.

Microfinance

Supported by USAID, WEAVE (Women Empowered-to-Fight Aids and Violence Everywhere) mobilized more than 8000 women, particularly those impacted by HIV, in three constituencies in Mpika District and organized them into 412 groups. In less than three years, these rural women, who were solely dependent on their husbands for support, collectively raised nearly 156 million Zambian kwacha or the equivalent of $31,000. The groups have since quintupled their savings, grown their numbers and continue to accrue and generate income from small business loans given to members who have developed entrepreneurial agency thanks to the program.

School Meals

Sponsored by the USDA the McGovern-Dole Food For Education and Child Nutrition programs in Cameroon and Malawi, implemented by Nascent have so far provided more than 10 million school meals to pupils and school-aged children and will have reached more than 450,000 children by the latest iterations of both programs are handed over to local and national institutions in 2023-2024. The program also bolsters school infrastructure, teachers via teacher training and executive transparency with governance training of commnuity and government agents.

School Gardens

Sponsored by the USDA the McGovern-Dole Food For Education and Child Nutrition programs in Cameroon and Malawi, implemented by Nascent, have established over 100 school gardens and is on track to secure land and PTA volunteer labor for another 150-200 school gardens in Cameroon and Malawi, reaching in total more than 450,000 under-served schoolchildren, before permanently and sustainably graduating the gardens to local governments and communities to bolster the nutritional status of poor, undernourished and malnourished students.

Good Governance/ Civil Society

Nascent’s civil society initiatives engage citizens and institutions at the regional level( e.g. PTAs and head teachers) and across national agencies of Education, Health, Agriculture, Water and Energy, and Municipal Councils, to solve their own problems with native tools, coordination and resources. We work closely with ministries and agencies to increase and develop transparency protocols. Our comprehensive approach to governance therefore includes:Capacity Building for Government officials and education stakeholders in Policy drafting / advocacy, establishing and strengthening PTAs and other community organizations to participate and take long term ownership of Initiatives, increasing the knowledge of PTAs and school administrators in School Management, utilizing a similar model in non-education initiatives, policy influencing and advocacy, capacity building for local NGOs, community groups and associations.

Mobile Reading

In response to civil unrest and violence that shuttered schools in Cameroon in 2016, Nascent teams adapted the execution of the USDA funded McGovern-Dole Food For Education Program to scale up community libraries in 92 schools and deploy motorbike teams to deliver more than 40,000 books and literacy materials to support out of school children.

Ending Gender Based Violence

Ending Gender Based Violence is a critical component of Nascent’s broader mission. All our programming involve initiatives to sensitize communities about the prevalence, cruelty and injustices of gender based violence. This includes events, workshops, and radio broadcast that promote the abolition of child marriages where those practices are present; empowering women and girls to prevent and report abuse; directly targeting girls and women in our programming to give them the tools to acquire literacy, education, financial skills and other tools they will need to assert autonomy over their bodies and their futures. Our 2019 initiative to support young mothers and girl victims of sexual abuse in Cameroon in 2019 raised over 15,000$ to supply our beneficiaries with diapers, baby food and cash outlays for their needs during the nursing period.