The Healthy Seeds work began in 2007 with an invitation by HIV support groups to teach how to eat better and take better care of their children and dependents, identify illnesses, use natural remedies, seek and better utilize local health services and expertise, and work together to overcome stigma and misinformation. TICAH was invited into these communities as a result of our publication Using Our Traditions: A Herbal and Nutritional Guide for Kenyan Families, what we now affectionately call “the Guide.”
At the centre of our programs in the slums where TICAH works are the support group members, who are both parents and examples of positive change, the “miale,” which comes from miale ya jamii (“community sparks”), the name they chose for themselves and which we now use to refer to them.
Healthy Seeds has grown into a holistic program, which continues to provide practical knowledge, inspiration, resources and relationships to help AIDS-affected households in Nairobi slum communities to make the healthiest choices they can for themselves and their children.
FOOD AS MEDICINE
Consciousness around nutrition and using food as a tool to prevent and to treat common illnesses
MANAGEMENT OF HIV
Sharing information on how to manage HIV with food in order to combat opportunistic infections, improve gut health, reduce side effects of ARVs, and prevent complications
PARENTING, CHILD THERAPY AND CHILD ADVOCACY
To encourage open communication, listening and nonjudgement between children and caregivers while also seeking justice for abused children
Supporting primary and secondary students with the TICAH Calendar to discuss values, history, rights, art and culture
Encouragement and connections to support self-driven community action for social justice