Self-Help provides a nutritious meal for about 21 cents. This porridge is made from Quality Protein Maize(QPM), a pinch of barley malt, and some sugar. Kids 6-months to 6-years flock to our feeding centers from the surrounding hills and villages for this once-a-day, weekday meal… and for some it may be the only food they get that day. Help alleviate malnutrition and all the disease that prey on hungry and starving children.
In Ghana, one of the major small businesses is producing palm oil. Women gather palm nuts then boil, pound, and press these kernels until they yield a product that is as useful as soybean oil in the United States. It lubricates, feeds, and fuels – and it provides a profit for those who have the capacity to stand the long, grueling, and physical work it takes to make.
We fund all sorts of animal husbandry enterprises in Nicaragua and Ghana but chickens continue to be a favorite. They are protein machines! Not only do they produce eggs to be eaten or sold, but eventually they end up on the family
table. In protein-deficient areas of the world, any time we can improve their diets is the best opportunity to thwart sickness and improve health.
The barley malt (called Power Flour) not only adds a bit of nutrition to Self-Help's porridge, it also liquifies it. That makes it especially useful for weaning children (6 months+) who come to the feeding centers. Self-Help is always in need of new sippy cups that feed pre-school kids and you can give 20 for only $10.
A silo increases the corn harvest by 37% for the people in Ghana and Nicaragua. Silos also provide a place to keep shelled corn that may otherwise be unprotected. They also protect against mold,insects, and vermin.