In February 2017, we started a pilot nutrition program for 50 students at our school in Bodo. Our nutrition program is based on Dr. Paul Farmer’s indisputable argument that “the only known treatment for hunger [is] something called food.”
Our nutrition program is centered around “Ogi Soy Plus” which for every 1 kilogram is 0.5 kg of soybeans, 0.2 kg of millet and 0.3 kg of crayfish. All three ingredients are locally available. In combination, they offer a wide array of nutritional benefits. We are grateful to Pastor Ben Inaku, a local nutritionist, who originally devised or developed”Ogi Soy Plus” and shared it with us.
These students in May 2017 are eating Ogi Soy Plus with jollof rice, a spicy rice that is one of Nigeria’s most popular dishes.
These students in June 2017 are eating Ogi Soy Plus in a semi-solid form that Nigerians call “pap.” On this day, they were eating the pap with pancakes.
Dr. Nabie Nubari Francis, our health program coordinator is shown here with two Danish women, Larke Jensen Uhrenholt and Luna Josefine Clorenshaw, who visited our pilot nutrition program in May 2017 while interning with our partners at the Center for the Environment, Human Rights and Development in Port Harcourt.
Our commitment to working with local Nigerians extends to our nutrition program where the two local women in this photo are preparing to serve Ogi Soy Plus.
The students here are eating Ogi Soy Plus in its pap formula with scotch eggs.
Scotch eggs which sometimes supplement Ogi Soy Plus are hard boiled eggs wrapped in meat, coated in bread crumbs and baked.
As funding allows, we hope to expand our pilot nutrition program to all our students in Bodo and then to our other schools in Bane and Bori as we have already done with our health program.