“COMMUNITY WELLNESS DRIVE” PROGRAMME
The team will visit underprivileged communities holding awareness campaigns on healthy living, chronic illnesses awareness and donating organs. We will approach all the local schools, colleges, universities, clinics, hospitals, malls, and local businesses in these particular locations (starting in greater Johannesburg Metro areas such as Soweto and eventually venturing into other surrounding township areas). Our goal is to reach at least four schools, two clinics, a shopping mall and a community hall per month.
The campaigns will be held primarily to deliver health education to the extensive masses that local clinics and hospitals cannot reach. We will firstly educate these groups on acute/chronic illnesses that they are accustomed to such as: Hypertension, Diabetes type 1 and 2, High Cholesterol, Migraines; as well as chronic illnesses that they are not accustomed to such as: Acute Renal Failure, Addison’s disease, Anaemia, and Ankylosing Spondylitis; chronic mental illnesses included.
Each community wellness drive/ programme will include:
o educational and awareness talks on a particular illness;
o distribution of information pamphlets of the illnesses we cover;
o Free checking/screening of chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and kidney diseases;
o Ample education on organ donation, the procedure and the life-saving benefits as well as advising people where and how to register to become donors etc.;
• To mobilise health services to establish the right balance between services that build healthy communities, front-line and specialist community based services.
• To deliver services that focus on prevention, intervention and recovery. The aim of mental health improvement will be to improve the mental health and wellbeing of our community.
• To provide effective screening and early identification of illness. In this way, anyone who needs it will receive the right treatment, at the right time, as near to their home as possible, and from skilled staff.
“COMMUNITY VEGGIE-GARDEN PROJECT”
Open-Eye plans to have a Community Veggie-Garden at the centre where the organisation together with its community stakeholders can grow wholesome vegetables which will aid them in eating healthily; teach them ploughing skills; and engage them in small-scale farming through which they can feed and support their families;
• To improve access to food therefore alleviating hunger and poverty;
• To encourage the consumption of fresh five (5) fruits and vegetables a day;
• To promote healthy living in order to improve the health and life expectancy of these communities;
• To provide support to urban agricultural projects; and
• To teach these communities ploughing skills, enabling self-sustainability.
“COMMUNITY COOK-RIGHT CONTEST” PROGRAMME
Unhealthy eating and obesity are major contributing factors to chronic illnesses.Inexpensive fast food options are a major contributing factor to obesity and unhealthy diet.The Cook-right Contest will serve as another form of community intervention to enforce healthy eating habits on black communities. The competitions will be hosted in the heart these communities as a road-show circulating townships in and around Gauteng. The Cook-right Contest will entail participants bringing in a dish that meets the rules and ingredient criteria outlined below, along with a list of ingredients used in the dish. The dishes will be judged by a panel of judges and chefs based on originality/creativity,healthfulness, taste, and appearance. Participants will be required to briefly explain a description of their dish and techniques that they used to make it healthy. This event will be open to all the residents of the proposed communities.
•To promote the consumption of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, low or fat-free dairy, and items with little to no sugar, salt, and fat etc;
•To enhance education of nutrition and healthy cooking; and
•To provide an opportunity to market the organisation and develop solid relationships with these communities.