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!
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.
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.
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