Field Notes, Photoggling

How to Feed the Future Pt. 5: Field Trip to Meng

In order to inspire my women and expand their world, I decided to take them out of village on a field trip to Meng, where another volunteer had also implemented a gardening project on a much bigger scale.

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Exploring the gardens.

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Chatting with another gardener and our wonderful host, Holly.

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Green peppers!

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Cameroonian-style photo.

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Smiling.

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I’m an expert at not smiling.

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Cheesing with the squad.

After the tour, we then spent the afternoon talking about nutrition, how to make banana bread, and how to make soy milk and tofu.

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Group discussion during a competition to see who could come up with the greatest number of well-balanced meals.

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Banana bread.

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The tofu captain! (We had a nearby shop owner come and show how he and his family makes tofu and soy milk.)

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This is a dutch oven (or how we bake things here).

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Adding vinegar-the acidity helps the tofu to clump. (Fun fact: also works with milk if you want to make cheese.)

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My counterpart butting in in front of Holly in order to be in the picture

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Team Ngatt.

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Field Notes

Training: Healthy Pregnancy Practices

A few weeks ago, Moussa and I hosted a training on healthy pregnancy practices. We discussed the importance of good nutrition, going to your prenatal consultations, and the benefits of birth spacing. Also Amadou Bello (lower right corner) is a champ. Even though he was one of two men who came, he fully participated. He helped me with not one, but two condom demonstrations (male and female) and gave a really good answer when we asked what is the role of the father during pregnancy. His answer? Go to the prenatal consultations with the mother and help out around the house.

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Soy Bouille Making with the Squad

Soy beans are a good source of protein. They also are easy to turn into tofu, soymilk and soy bouille. Bouille is a common drink here and is best described as flour-thickened sugar water with rice. The recipe can easily be modified, which is good for volunteers trying to introduce more nutrients into a local diet.

Last week, I made soy bouille with the women’s gic in my village (a gic is a small, usually financially-based group).

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The Primary School in my village where we meet.

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Freshly ground, soaked soybeans.

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Madame President squeezing the soymilk out of the beans. (This milk would need to be boiled and sugar or some sort of flavoring should be added before drinking.)

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After a presentation, we try to add a bit of health education. I speak in French and she translates into Gbaya.

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Attempts at a group photo.

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Foosball anyone? (NOTE: The ingenuity of the petits here never ceases to impress me.)

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BONUS: Did you really even come to Africa without a picture of you and a smiling child? (Small children still fear me and whiteness.)

 

 

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