Julie Thiery spent two weeks in Liberia in late July 2012. Below is an account of the time she spent with Niapele SNI and other community partners in Liberia. “A few months ago, I was in position professionally where I was offered a break in my life. I knew that one of my dear college … Continue reading
In Liberia, the rainy season – which extends approximately from April to October – is a challenging time for individuals and groups involved in farming. With daily, intense, tropical rain, the ground is soft and muddy. As a result, insects and disease-causing organisms like bacteria and worms fester, making it both difficult and dangerous for … Continue reading
Following a successful rice harvest in February, SNI partners in Mawah are now working on a vegetable crop rotation. Corn, cabbage, cucumbers, okra… and many other crops are currently being grown on their farm. These vegetable crops will be sold to generate revenue to support and sustain the SNI program in the Mawah school. With … Continue reading
The Niapele Project School Nutrition Initiative pilot sites are located in the Fuamah and Salala districts of Bong County. As part of our commitment to supporting national and regional development efforts, our initiatives trend with the priorities identified by the government. This document, which outlines a development agenda for Bong County for 2008-2012, also offers … Continue reading
On March 8, 2012, I had the great pleasure of visiting the Mawah community in Fuamah district. Mawah is one of Niapele’s pilot sites for the School Nutrition Initiative (SNI) that began in June 2011. The community has worked incredibly hard at the onset of this initiative to make it successful. Click here to read … Continue reading
The second phase of the nutritional assessment of our pilot project sites (Mawah, Haiindi/Dobli, and Flehah) took place in the latter part of November. The nutritionist and her team traveled back to the field to complete the exercise – we were hoping to get the data analyzed before the Christmas season in Liberia (where the … Continue reading
In the last post, we mentioned that our nutrition consultant from the University of Liberia – Elsie Guwor – and her team were traveling to Bong County to spend time with the SNI partner schools in order to perform an initial nutritional assessment. This assessment will allow us to understand the degree and scope of … Continue reading
Niapele program manager Henry Snyder traveled to Bong County last week to meet with the School Nutrition Initiative Project Committees, school administrators and community members to discuss the upcoming nutritional and farm assessment. Our nutrition consultant from the University of Liberia, Elsie Guwor, and her team will be spending time in the field with each … Continue reading
A quote from our Program Manager’s August report, with regards to a meeting where SNI Project Committee members were wondering why the School Nutrition Initiative was different from other NGO projects: “The Niapele program manager and other stakeholders present explained to SNI Project Committees that during the emergency period in Liberia, the donors’ community provided … Continue reading
We’re really excited to announce that the Ministry of Agriculture and the Central Agricultural Research Institute of Liberia are now official supporters of the School Nutrition Initiative!
Between June and August 2011, the School Nutrition Initiative project sites came to life. Soil was tested, land was evaluated, and plans were made to clear acres and prepare the land surrounding the schools for farming. Throughout the summer break, the communities’ Parent Teacher Association, school officials and local farmers began forming the working groups … Continue reading
You might think you have this same photo a million times, but you haven’t. This is The Niapele Project’s School Nutrition Initiative (SNI). What sets this apart from any other program designed to feel children in need is that this program is not merely about putting food in bellies. Since 2007, Niapele has been developing … Continue reading
The School Nutrition Initiative is a true grassroots effort.Niapele works with community leaders, utilizing local resources and local expertise. We’ve been doing it for years, and we know we’ve made a difference.