The Moon Festival: A Cultural Treasure in Agbogbloshie

 

The Moon Festival: A Cultural Treasure in Agbogbloshie

Nagasaka Mago, the CEO of Mago Motors and a Japanese artist, established the Moon Festival. This festival aims to foster peace among the 12 tribes in the northern part of Ghana, hence the name ‘Moon’ which symbolizes peace, and which also serves as an annual celebration for the employees of Mago Motors. It is celebrated in Agbogbloshie as all the 12 tribes are well represented in the area. The festival, which marked its 5th anniversary in 2023, is a dance celebration for the tribes.

To commemorate this milestone, the people of Agbogbloshie teamed-up at the Agbogbloshie Scraps dump site on December 24th, 2023, to construct a synthetic moon using recycled PET bottles.

The Koko Plus Foundation (KPF) was present and supported by contributing 2,000 sachets of its protein and micronutrient powder (P-MNP), a supplement used to enrich traditional home-made meals for infants aged 6 months and older.

The KPF team educated the mothers on the importance of providing nutritious meals for their infants and children’s health and demonstrated how to properly use KOKO Plus in traditional homemade dishes. The program participants then received wholesome meals of mashed kenkey, and beetroot maize porridge enriched with KOKO Plus.

Is mealtime a struggle?

Getting babies and toddlers to eat well can be a challenge, but it’s important to set them up for healthy eating habits early on. Here are some tips:

  • Start early. As soon as your baby is ready to start solids, introduce a variety of healthy foods. This will help them develop a taste for a wide range of flavors and textures.
  • Make mealtimes fun. Babies and toddlers are more likely to eat if they enjoy mealtime. Try serving food in fun shapes, using colorful plates and utensils, and letting them help feed themselves.
  • Offer small portions. Babies and toddlers have small stomachs, so it’s best to offer them small portions that they can easily finish. You can always offer more if they’re still hungry.
  • Don’t force it. If your baby or toddler doesn’t want to eat something, don’t force them. Just try again later. It may take several exposures to a new food before they accept it.
  • Be a good role model. Children learn by watching the adults in their lives. Make sure you’re eating a healthy diet and setting a good example for your child.
    Here are some additional tips for getting toddlers to eat well:
  • Offer choices. Toddlers like to feel like they have control, so offer them choices at mealtime. For example, you could let them choose between two different fruits or vegetables, or two different types of soups.
  • Get them involved. Let your toddler help you prepare meals and snacks. This will make them more likely to be interested in eating what they’ve helped to create.
  • Make it fun. Cut food into fun shapes, use cookie cutters, or serve food on colorful plates. You can also make mealtime more fun by singing songs, playing games, or telling stories.
  • Be patient. It may take some time for your toddler to develop healthy eating habits. Don’t get discouraged if they don’t always eat everything on their plate. Just keep offering them healthy foods and be a good role model.

If you’re concerned about your baby or toddler’s eating habits, talk to your pediatrician. They can offer additional tips and guidance.