The NuSA project or Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture, was
launched in 2016. Our program is focused on sustainable, bio-intensive
gardening, increased poultry production, heightened beekeeping management
practices, and nutrition education. The project has two major goals. The first,
to improve food production and the second, to improve nutrition for households.
The Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture project (NuSA) is being implemented by
volunteers with community members to mobilizing farming families to sustainably
increase availability and utilization of nutrient dense foods, diversify diets,
and increase nutritional knowledge.
Global food insecurity is affecting
millions of people across the globe daily. Here in Ethiopia, our
volunteers work on sustainable agriculture projects to improve the livelihoods of
farming families across the rural landscape. Our goal is to reach and train
4,500 individuals by 2023 on improved agricultural practices and nutritional
awareness within the framework of Global Food Security standards.
The education project provides high school students
and teachers with access to personal, academic, and professional development
opportunities through improved English education. TEFL
Volunteers in Ethiopia have the opportunity to participate in the Peace Corps
TEFL Certificate program, an externally-validated credential based on 120 hours
of training and two years of supervised teaching experience.
are assigned to work at a high school and are responsible for a maximum of
three English classes daily. Volunteers teach English and engage in teacher
support programs that help local teachers develop professionally by focusing on
English proficiency and instructional skills. All Volunteers plan and lead
extracurricular activities such as student and teacher English clubs, computer
trainings to support English language learning, library development and reading
programs, and gender empowerment clubs.
The Health Program
improves the health in Ethiopia through strengthening practices and care
seeking behaviors. With local health professionals, Health Volunteers work
directly with caregivers of children under five to promote the areas of water,
sanitation, and hygiene-related diseases (WASH), nutrition, and early care
seeking. Throughout their service, Health Volunteers focus on 8-10 families;
conducting weekly home visits, performing analysis of barriers to practicing
healthy behaviors, and implement action plans to help each family adopt healthy
Health Volunteers also establish community groups who meet regularly
to support each other address specific health needs. Additionally, Health
Volunteers work within local secondary schools to implement health campaigns,
focusing on: water, sanitation, and hygiene-related diseases (WASH), nutrition,
and reproductive health practices.