I asked my sister, Rhi, to tell you about one of the recent training sessions she led for our Arise guardians.
One of the things I love about being out here is working with the Arise guardians. As Arise has a strong education focus, initially I wasn’t sure that my healthcare background would be relevant and fit with the vision. However I soon discovered that not only is the standard of academic education poor in the local area but so is the level of health awareness. This has meant that I have had the privilege of teaching our Arise guardians how to look after their own health and the health of the children they care for.
|One of our guardians with some of the children she cares for|
One of the ways I have been able to do this is by educating them on healthier ways to prepare food and what foods are good for us. A typical attribute of cooking in the Zambian culture is overcooking vegetables to ensure that worms, eggs and germs are destroyed. Unfortunately this also means that the nutritional value of the vegetables they eat is significantly reduced, especially as they add a large amount of oil to everything they cook. Washing vegetables with only water as we do in the UK would not be particularly beneficial due to the cleanness of the water available in the local community. Therefore, the first lesson in their ‘healthy food’ session was how to safely and thoroughly wash their vegetables by soaking them in a large bowl of water with a small amount of bleach/chlorine. By soaking the vegetables for ten minutes the unwanted parasites are killed but the nutritional content remains.