US group concludes Nigeria project

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An international community-based organisation, Helen Keller International, has closed out its nutrition and healthy lifestyle project aimed at helping selected primary schools in Lagos State to imbibe healthy practices.

Funded by Mondelez International, the nutrition and healthy lifestyle project began in January 2018 as a response to the alarming cases of malnutrition among schoolchildren, with nine schools in the Ikeja LGA benefitting from intensive training sessions, symposia, and numerous re-orientation programmes.

The closeout ceremony was held on Thursday in Lagos to highlight the accomplishments of the project’s fundamental objectives.

The Helen Keller Country Director, Mrs Philomena Orji, thanked stakeholders and her team for working assiduously to achieve goal of the project.

“We’ve had so many stakeholders, starting from the chairman of SUBEB represented here today, all other officials, school managers, we’ve had LGAs, LCDAs, students, the pupils, who have all contributed immensely to this project, and I have to tell you that in Helen Keller, this has been one of the fun projects that we’ve had, because working with children is always such a joy,” she said.

Mr Taiwo Aladesanmi, the Team Lead of the Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle project, said the number of direct persons reached with the nutrition and lifestyle project included 27 private food vendors, 11,234 pupils, and 3,724 parents.

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Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International has evolved from providing assistance to soldiers blinded during their service in World War to programmes that prioritise preventing and treating vision loss and blindness—as well as addressing major global health problems such as malnutrition and neglected diseases that threaten sight, productivity, and well-being.

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