mobile teaching kitchen (mtk)
NNEdPro's Mobile Teaching Kitchens initiative empowers communities by sharing knowledge and skills through the medium of nutrition education. It aims to enhance health and wellbeing for women, children and families across communities, especially urban slums, as well as beyond.
More than 1.5 million people live in 3500 unregistered slums in Kolkata, India. Most of these are temporary with one room per family and no access to proper sanitation or clean water. Cooking is mostly done outdoors due to ventilation, and without hygienic practices or facilities.
An assessment of levels of nutrition and health education in mothers and children in urban slum areas in the city of Kolkata found that 85% of mothers and children were malnourished - this could be easily avoided if they had adequate levels of knowledge, attitude and practice.
Our Mobile Teaching Kitchens conduct nutrition education workshops in slums with established relationships. They are multi-purpose and serve as a community hub for malnutrition screening and prevention, health promotion and disease prevention. They aim to be a safe haven within the slums, a sustainable health promotion tool, and build to support mothers with limited resources to achieve the best nutrition for their children and families.
After over a year with successful runs and increased interest we are looking for funding to scale up the initiative with a third mobile kitchen unite.
Step 1: Training in action - Qualified dietitians and nutritionists share their skills and train volunteers creating Teaching Kitchen champions.
Step 2: Groups of champions, supported by dietitians and nutritionists, share their knowledge with women and children in slum communities through workshops where they learn about recognising a template ‘Plate of Good Health’ (with appropriate food swaps), and a balance of micro and macro nutrients from inexpensive and locally sourced foods prepared hygienically with attention to quality and taste.
Step 3: By the end of a workshop, the women (and children) that participated learn to share and teach each other about their newfound knowledge.
In October 2017 we launched Teaching Kitchens in two slums in Kolkata (watch this video from the launch) and adopted the ‘See One-Do One-Teach One’ method of conducting Teaching Kitchen workshops which has had a visible community impact since launch. Since then earlier in 2018 we also launched a Mobile Teaching Kitchen unit.
We are currently exploring the possibility of utilising the Mobile Teaching Kitchen to run a micro-enterprise 'Tiffin Kitchen' to provide alternative livelihood opportunities for the women we have trained thus far. The micro-enterprise 'Tiffin Kitchen' was soft launched in August 2018.
We are looking to increase the frequency of sales in the Kolkata region and to scale out to rural areas to see if the model is applicable for a rural setting.
Luke Buckner – Project Lead
Jorgen Johnsen – Deputy Project Lead
Marjorie Lima do Vale – Advisor
Helena Trigueiro – Advisor
Sucheta Mitra – Project Co-ordinator
Kai Kargbo – Project Co-ordinator
Minha Rajput-Ray – Principal Advisor
Sumantra Ray – Principal Investigator
Matheus Abrantes – Project Support
Sanchita Banerjee – Project Officer & Deputy Network Lead
Somnath Bhar – Joint Principal Investigator
Debashis Chakraborty – Network Secretary
Kannan Raman – Network Lead
Mitali Gupta – Principal Advisor (Inner Wheel & Cooperative Society)
Asim Kumar Manna - Network Intern
Sudeshna Maitra-Nag – Principal Advisor (Dietetics)
Sabyasachi Ray – Principal Advisor (Remedy Clinic Study Group)
UK/International Associate Members
India Associate Members
[Cordia & TIGR2ESS Colleagues]
Global Advisory Panel (Project Team are Ex-Officio Members)
Mercedes Zorrilla Tejeda
[Brighton & Sussex MTK Planning Forum c/o Kathy]
[Culinary Medicine UK c/o Elaine]
[Swiss Association for Cooperation on Food Education c/o Jaroslav]
Subrata Kumar Dutta
[Regional Network Representatives to be identified in due course]