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By: organicfarmingblog , 1:18 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
“From Two Sticks” is a concept of one community development worker and organic farmer to fight malnutrition in Indonesia. His mission… spread the Chaya plant in all of Indonesia and eventually to other third world countries.
Indonesia, the 4th largest country in the world. With a population of over 240 million, around 32 percent are under 18 years of age. Child malnutrition affects around 36 percent of children under the age of 5 in Indonesia and because of the lack of necessary micronutrients that they need in their diet, these children suffers one of the many consequences of malnutrition – Stunting.
Child stunting… is a reduced growth rate in child’s development caused by malnutrition in their early childhood and even during their fetal development brought on by their malnourish mother. Children affected by stunting will never be able to regain their lost height and corresponding body weight. This may also lead to their premature death later in life due to undeveloped vital organs. Stunting and its effect cannot be reversed.
One solution that will provide pregnant mothers and children the nourishment they need at no cost at all is to plant CHAYA around their houses.
What is Chaya? It is a bush that produces leafy vegetable similar to spinach, but the nutrients it contains is three times than other green vegetables. It is packed with iron, calcium and potassium. Chaya leaf is also high in protein and crude fiber, including a good amount of other essential minerals needed by the body.
This super leaf has a lot of health benefits to offer. It can enhance calcium in the bones, improves blood circulation and lower the bad cholesterol. Because of its very high vitamin C content, it can boost the immune system, prevent common cold, treats scurvy, infections, and kidney disorders. Chaya can also maintain glucose metabolism to prevent diabetes and improves brain function.
It is important to note that raw Chaya leaves contain hydrogen cyanide, a very toxic chemical. Therefore, it needs to be cooked for at least 20 minutes to get rid of them. Another way is to dry the leaves.
When cooking Chaya, never use aluminum cookware as it causes toxic reaction, avoid smelling the steam too.
Chaya leaves and shoots are available year round, making it ideal to include in the daily diet. It is very easy to plant and can thrive on a varied range of environment. It’s almost maintenance free.
Indeed, Chaya is a practical solution in the fight against malnutrition,… organically and economically!
Andy Bell, the man behind the initial spreading of chaya and Jon Iannacone, Director of the new documentary film “From Two Sticks” have joined forces for this noble cause. A very daunting task, but nevertheless achievable.
To tell their story to the world, they need funding support to complete the film.
Know more by visiting: http://tinyurl.com/from2sticks; www.fromtwosticks.com
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