Ellen will answer but let me say that we have been asked about this for many years. We even had a student from Michigan State University who interned and that is what mothers asked her. Nyaka has been in this village for 14 years, our nurses and all staff are trusted and community members are our greatest stakeholders.
Great conversation here. Ellen great responses. Nyaka was and continue to rely on local people. I started Nyaka in a village where I grew up and we pride ourselves in being the org that relies on local experts. We have several programs because of the need and this idea is one of those needs. My own mother was a birth attendant when she was able to move around. She had no training but local women and men trusted her to care, love, and deliver babies. She is it for free. With few incentives, improved technology, and great ideas as suggested we will have a healthier community and healthy babies and mothers. My mother also did something many people don't do, she used to feed her children before feeding adults. Kale, and other greens can easily grow in this area. Nyaka village is over populated and so we must find ways to grow small gardens and vegetables are the best solution.
Thank you team OpenIDEO, This program is long overdue. Nyaka as an organization uses a holistic approach to address community issues. We provide all five basic human rights needs i.e education, healthcare, food, employment, and housing (children live with grannies and we build houses, latrines and kitchens for elderly grannies.) So, this idea fits within Nyaka org. We are already working with 7,006 grannies raising 43,000 orphaned children. We will rely on this network of women and also on the communities where we serve. We will explore partnerships with our existing networks like the Segal Family Foundation network, The Stephen Lewis Foundation network, and many other International, National and Regional networks.