VOLUNTEER IN A NUTRITION PROJECT IN THE PHILIPPINES
By volunteering in a nutrition project, you can help us in addressing a critical local public health issue whilst at the same time work closely with VFV staff and local community members to tailor projects to combat hunger and improve food security.
Nutrition tends to be an issue that is overlooked by many Filipino communities. As a result issues such as chronic heart disease, diabetes, vitamin A deficiency, PEM and malnourishment are rampant in a society that cannot comprehend the importance of a healthy diet.
A critical objective is to educate Filipinos on the need to cut back on the amount of sugar and salt they use in their local diet, and to increase consumption of vegetables. There is little public education on these needs.
To this end, VFV created its Public Nutrition Project with the ongoing goal being to alter Filipino attitude towards food whilst at the same time addressing the issues of undernourishment amongst local community pre-school children.
You will work with VFV’s Community Feeding Project, planning, budgeting and providing supplementary feeding menu for the daily feeding of up to 35 preschool children. At the same time, you will work closely with local mothers to educate them on the importance of nutrition and to investigate and implement long term solutions to combat hunger and food security. Such methods might include investigating the possibility and effectiveness of organizing local community feeding kitchens and implementing plans for communities to become self-sustainable.
WHY WE NEED YOU
There are very few nutritional experts in the Philippines, hence VFV initiated this project to address this health problem. The current high incidence of premature deaths, hypertension, diabetes, and other illnesses will decrease with good nutritional practices.
You will need to plan and prepare a supplementary feeding program for undernourished children whilst at the same time constantly surveying their growth and providing analysis.
You will also conduct seminars to raise awareness of the importance of nutrition and look at long term solutions to combat hunger and improve food security.