INMED Partnerships for Children rescues children from the immediate and irreversible harm of disease, hunger, abuse, neglect, violence or instability and prepares them to shape a brighter future for themselves and the next generation. INMED’s vision is to transform the future for generations of children by building continuity of support from infancy to adulthood.
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Nutrition education and physical activity program launched for 100,000 children in primary schools in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth areas
(Orange Farm, South Africa) South Africa is facing a public health crisis as obesity rates rise while hunger and malnutrition persist for millions of children. The problem is complex, but a new program is tackling it through a common-sense approach to help build a healthier future for the nation’s children.
INMED Partnerships for Children’s Health in Action program, funded by the Mondelēz International Foundation, will guide more than 100,000 primary school learners in at-risk communities near Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. Communities will take action for better health through hands-on activities about nutrition, physical activity and school gardens that will provide nutritious fresh produce to supplement school meals.
“We are thrilled to know INMED will soon be working alongside local communities, teachers and parents to establish the foundation for a healthy school year by promoting nutrition basics, encouraging active lifestyles and expanding access to the types of nutritious foods that combat malnutrition,” says Mondelēz International Foundation President, Nicole Robinson.
A project launch event was hosted on Oct. 21, 2015 at Pudumo primary school in Orange Farm, outside Johannesburg, where INMED previously worked with teachers and students to establish a traditional school garden and aquaponics, an innovative system of combined fish and vegetable production.… Read the rest
As part of its growing presence in the Sterling area, INMED Partnerships for Children has begun offering a free after-school program for children from low-income families.
INMED launched the program, which provides tutors and mentors to help children with homework, at its Family and Youth Opportunity Center on Ridgetop Circle this month. The center serves children ages 6 to 12 who live in Sterling-area neighborhoods with a high percentage of low-income families, said Maria Vasquez, executive director of the Opportunity Center. Many of the children’s parents do not speak English, she said.
The children “don’t really have a parent or adult or another person in their lives who can help with homework and who really can help them succeed in school,” Vasquez said.
INMED’s program focuses on homework completion, but it also provides other structured activities, such as arts and crafts, reading, and games.
The program differs from similar ones in Loudoun County because its services are free. Vasquez said that is “huge” for struggling families.
Students with financial and educational needs in Sterling now have a safe place to go after school to work on homework, get tutoring and learn from mentors.
Last week INMED Family and Youth Opportunity Center in Sterling opened its doors for its first after-school program. The international organization has provided programs to battle poverty for nearly 30 years. Now it is focusing in on the needs of the eastern end of Loudoun County.
“Our organization sees poverty all over the world. You forget that it’s here as well, in the wealthiest county in the nation,” said Linda Pfeiffer, INMED president and CEO. “Some of the poverty and education statistics in this part of the county are worse than they are in the Appalachia region.”
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Sept. 24, 2015 – The Mondelēz International Foundation today launched three well-being programs aimed at bringing nutrition education, active play and fresh foods to children and their families in Mexico, South Africa and the United States. This is part of the company’s multi-year, $50 million commitment to promote healthy lifestyles and address obesity. These new programs bring global community partners together in an effort to create school environments that encourage children and families to adopt lifelong healthy habits.
“We’re proud to partner with the Mondelēz International Foundation to prioritize well-being in South African communities and schools,” said Linda Pfeiffer, PhD, President and CEO, INMED Partnerships for Children. “Through our work with the Foundation in Brazil, we’ve seen 65 percent of the children improve their BMI and approximately one-third of these children achieve a normal BMI. In South Africa, we’re hoping to achieve similar results through collaborative partnerships among school administrators, local governments, non-governmental organizations and communities.”
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