The Nutrition Mission – A sustainable approach to food security

For the Cotton On Foundation, being sustainable is part of everything we do. Whether it’s part of our product model or the way we operate within our global projects, we’re on a journey to ensure our impact makes a lasting change on the people and environments we touch.

Thanks to your support, we’ve been rolling out the Nutrition Mission to communities across South Africa and Uganda since it began in 2015.

The word has spread, creating a movement across regions, and an overwhelmingly positive response from those who have connected with it.

Since 2015, over 2,500 individuals have graduated from the program, across 10 villages. 966 of these graduates completed the program just this year!

So what does the program really involve?

It’s all about empowering mums, dads, teachers, caregivers and other community members with the tools to create positive eating, cooking and food preparation habits for their families now and for generations to come.

The programs are run locally and community members are invited to come along. With a focus on long term solutions to food security, the participation based learning workshops run for about two weeks. They cover topics like how to grow your own vegetables, hygiene in the kitchen, nutrition, recipes and learning to use the materials we’ve got to create a sustainable change.

Participants leave the program with a cooking kit, and a good outlook on how to create nutritional meals at home, to keep their family members healthy, energized and ready to learn at school.

The most engaged participants are then given extra training to go on to become a Nutrition Mission trainer themselves. It’s called the ‘train the trainer’ model, built into the program as a way to spread the reach of the program to more communities and caregivers.  In Uganda, over 140 community members have been trained as community trainers!

What’s even more exciting is that this year, we’ve just begun rolling out School Nutrition Days where students will learn about nutrition, with great health messages from graduates of the Nutrition Mission.

Why does this contribute towards our goal of empowering youth through quality education?

Because we look at every stage of a child’s journey through education holistically. And we know that having good food practices in the home helps to ensure students are healthy, attending school and getting the most out of their education.

Want to know more?

Meet Julie, Nutrition Mission Trainer!


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