Per il CISP è una priorità informare l’opinione pubblica, sensibilizzarla su quanto avviene nei paesi poveri o colpiti da conflitti e portare alla luce le problematiche sociali italiane. Al tempo stesso, il CISP ritiene necessario dare conto di quanto in concreto realizza e quali risultati raggiunge. Le notizie e le valutazioni riportate dai mezzi di comunicazione sulle attività del CISP contribuiscono a rafforzare il legame con l’opinione pubblica, sia in Italia sia nei paesi dove opera. È per questo che il CISP incoraggia il mondo del giornalismo, l’opinione pubblica e la cittadinanza a chiedere informazioni, approfondimenti e una valutazione del suo operato. Si tratta di una scelta di trasparenza e apertura che fa parte dell’identità del CISP come Organizzazione della società civile.
29 March 2018
Community Nutrition – in our own words
Kilifi, Kwale & Kitui compiled stories
Nutrition is an issue of concern for each and every family. Communities are facing numerous challenges in ensuring adequate nutrition for their children.
It is said that there are two sides to every story. Through the Nutrition Advocacy project funded by UNICEF under the Maternal and Child Nutrition program, CISP aimed at strengthening the communication among government, civil society and communities around nutrition. CISP worked with these stakeholders to carry out nutrition advocacy in the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Kitui. This provided a two-side view, on one side it enhanced coordination and evidence based decision making on nutrition, on the other hand it gave voice to communities’ ideas and experiences.
We heard from the communities living in Kilifi what nutrition means for them and their actions around it. In Kwale, we were told about the experience of new health workers responding to nutrition problems in remote areas. In Kitui, we celebrated the creation of sub-county advocacy committees for nutrition.
Through this action, CISP empowered members to tell their stories and raise their voices on issues of concern. A selection of these stories is presented in this publication. This was achieved through the identification and capacity building of “Social Editors”, i.e. community members who volunteered to collect stories from their community. The Social Editors’ concept came to the fore, integrating communications, journalism and advocacy skills into a toolkit for communicating change FOR communities and BY communities.
The stories you will read in this publication are results of the exercise. Community members living in the three counties have used the writing skills to share struggles, opportunities, and changes around nutrition. We invite you to walk with them through every story, as each community member expresses their experience working towards ending malnutrition, or experiencing the devastating effects of malnutrition. Nevertheless, they rise through it all to share their resilience and hope that makes the push for better nutrition for all more important, urgent and achievable.
We hope you see nutrition differently, through their eyes.
Kenya Programme Coordinator