FOOD SECURITY

Protein Supplementation

Known as "The Switzerland of Africa", the Kigezi region of Uganda is home to many species of fruits and vegetables that grow readily.  Most Ugandan families tend to a small subsistence garden in the area around their homes to provide food for their large families.  Unfortunately, sources of protein are harder to come by; even legumes such as beans can be expensive for the average family. Most families are only able to afford meat once a year during the holiday season.


Due this lack of dietary protein, many Ugandan children suffer from Kwashiorkor, an intense protein-starvation.  Developmental issues arise as the children experience long-term nutritional deficiencies. Physical growth is stunted and efforts towards education slow significantly, leaving the children in a chronic state of underdevelopment and malnutrition.

Thanksgiving in Uganda strives to eradicate Kwashiorkor in the neighborhoods within its reach. We give each at-risk family a set of 3 rabbits (one male and two females) to breed.  Rabbits are low in fat and high in protein.  80% of the rabbit is meat while only 20% is bone. The rabbits breed quickly; each female can produce 64 rabbits per year for a total of 128 rabbits!  This allows for each beneficiary family to eat one rabbit per week (a 5200% increase in protein) and sell the surplus for supplementary income.

 
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