A New Initiative to Combat Malnutrition in Wajir Using Spirulina

Malnutrition is a serious challenge that affects many people in Kenya, especially children and pregnant women. According to UNICEF, about 26% of children under five years old are stunted, 4% are wasted and 11% are underweight. Malnutrition can have long-term consequences for health, education and economic development.

One of the solutions to this problem is spirulina, a blue-green algae that grows naturally in alkaline lakes. Spirulina is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It can help improve immunity, prevent anemia, boost energy and support brain function. Spirulina is also easy to grow, harvest and consume.

That is why Wajir Smart Learning, a community based organization that promotes education and empowerment in Wajir county, has partnered with Thriving Green, a non-profit organization that specializes in spirulina cultivation and distribution. Together, they aim to establish a spirulina project at Wajir that will benefit three schools: Wajir Success Academy, A.I.C Wajir Primary School and another school to be identified.

The project will involve setting up spirulina ponds, training teachers and students on how to grow and harvest spirulina, and integrating spirulina into the school feeding program. The project will also create awareness and demand for spirulina among the local community and beyond.

The project is currently in the planning stage, as water samples from the potential sites are being tested for their suitability for spirulina growth. The project is expected to start next year if the results are positive.

The project hopes to achieve the following objectives:

  • To improve the nutritional status and health of school children and their families in Wajir county.
  • To enhance the academic performance and attendance of school children in Wajir county.
  • To empower teachers and students with skills and knowledge on spirulina cultivation and consumption.
  • To generate income and employment opportunities for the schools and the community through spirulina production and marketing.
  • To raise awareness and advocacy on the benefits of spirulina as a superfood for human and environmental health.

Wajir Smart Learning and Thriving Green are excited about this project and look forward to making a positive impact on the lives of the people of Wajir county. They welcome any support or collaboration from interested stakeholders who share their vision of a healthier and happier Kenya.

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