In Her Shoes 2017

Live as Jeneba in Sierra Leone

About Live as Jeneba in Sierra Leone

Join the challenge

By joining this challenge, you're going to walk in the shoes of Jeneba to raise awareness and funds for COHI. For three consecutive days of your choosing, you will eat her local diet and share your food images on social media, using both #inhershoesCOHI and #COHIChallengeJeneba. We welcome you to also blog about your experience. Find easy downloadable social media guidelines and your shopping list below!

​Meet Jeneba

Jeneba​ ​is​ ​a​ ​25​ ​year​ ​old​ ​mother​ ​to​ ​two​ ​children​ ​living​ ​in​ ​rural​ ​southeastern​ ​Sierra​ ​Leone.​ ​She​ ​is her​ ​husband's​ ​second​ ​wife​ ​out​ ​of​ ​three,​ ​and​ ​is​ ​often​ ​out​ ​of​ ​favor​ ​with​ ​her​ ​husband​ ​and​ ​his family.​ ​She​ ​works​ ​her​ ​own​ ​garden​ ​and​ ​tends​ ​chickens,​ ​and​ ​manages​ ​to​ ​cultivate​ ​enough​ ​food​ ​to sell​ ​at​ ​the​ ​market​ ​to​ ​support​ ​the​ ​family,​ ​but​ ​has​ ​little​ ​calorically​ ​dense​ ​food​ ​left​ ​over​ ​for​ ​herself and​ ​her​ ​children. 

In​ ​2014​ ​the​ ​first​ ​few​ ​cases​ ​of​ ​Ebola​ ​broke​ ​near​ ​the​ ​border​ ​of​ ​Sierra​ ​Leone​ ​and​ ​Guinea,​ ​rapidly developing​ ​into​ ​a​ ​widespread​ ​epidemic.​ ​Jeneba​ ​is​ ​now​ ​pregnant​ ​with​ ​her​ ​fourth​ ​child,​ ​and​ ​she fears​ ​for​ ​the​ ​safety​ ​of​ ​her​ ​family,​ ​herself,​ ​but​ ​most​ ​importantly​ ​her​ ​unborn​ ​child.​ ​Jeneba​ ​walks​ ​2 miles​ ​to​ ​the​ ​local​ ​clinic,​ ​where​ ​the​ ​COHI-​ ​supported​ ​MOMS​ ​Community​ ​Health​ ​Worker​ ​trains​ ​her on​ ​how​ ​to​ ​take​ ​care​ ​of​ ​herself​ ​and​ ​prevent​ ​the​ ​spread​ ​of​ ​Ebola​ ​in​ ​her​ ​family.​ ​Jeneba​ ​feels​ ​better armed​ ​with​ ​this​ ​knowledge,​ ​​ ​but​ ​she​ ​still​ ​worries​ ​how​ ​the​ ​epidemic​ ​will​ ​impact​ ​her​ ​meager​ ​food rations​ ​for​ ​her​ ​and​ ​her​ ​family.

Just how bad is the situation?

Sierra​ ​Leone​ ​ended​ ​a​ ​bloody,​ ​terrible​ ​civil​ ​war​ ​15​ ​years​ ​ago,​ ​and​ ​has​ ​overcome​ ​an equally​ ​bloody,​ ​horrible​ ​epidemic​ ​of​ ​Ebola​ ​just​ ​2​ ​years​ ​prior,​ ​which​ ​had​ ​wiped​ ​out​ ​a majority​ ​of​ ​healthcare​ ​providers.

The​ ​status​ ​of​ ​women’s​ ​health​ ​in​ ​Sierra​ ​Leone​ ​is​ ​abysmal,​ ​with​ ​857​ ​maternal​ ​deaths​ ​out of​ ​every​ ​100,000​ ​live​ ​births-​ ​and​ ​that’s​ ​a​ ​reduction​ ​by​ ​50%​ ​since​ ​2000.

The​ ​average​ ​life​ ​expectancy​ ​is​ ​47​ ​years,​ ​and​ ​malaria​ ​along​ ​with​ ​malnutrition,​ ​diarrheal diseases​ ​and​ ​HIV/AIDS​ ​are​ ​huge​ ​challenges​ ​to​ ​achieving​ ​a​ ​long,​ ​healthy​ ​life​ ​in​ ​Sierra Leone.

Your diet for the next three days:

You can space out your meal plan however you like, but you cannot have more than the allotted food per day.

Lunch:​ ​2​ ​cups​ ​of​ ​rice​ ​with​ ​1/2​ ​cup​ ​sauteed​ ​spinach​ ​with​ ​spicy​ ​pepper,​ ​4​ ​oz.​ ​of​ ​chicken 

Snack:​ ​1/4​ ​of​ ​a​ ​pineapple 

Dinner:​ ​1​ ​cup​ ​of​ ​rice​ ​with​ ​1/2​ ​cup​ ​of​ ​peanut​ ​butter​ ​stew ​

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