A PILLARS Guide
Introduction to PILLARS Guides
These guides are designed for use in small group situations where one or more people areliterate and confident enough to lead others in group discussion.They aim to providematerial for discussion around a subject either in isolation or as part ofa regular groupmeeting;for example offarmers,literacy trainees or women’s group members.Ideally justtwo or three pages should be used each time,allowing plenty oftime for discussion oftheissues raised and for carrying out some ofthe practical ideas suggested.It would behelpful for the discussion leader to have some understanding ofgood nutrition.PILLARS guides aim to increase confidence among group members,so that they cansuccessfully manage change within their own situation without the need for outsideintervention.They try to build on existing knowledge and experiences among themembers or within their community,so that different ideas can be tried out,adapted,andthen either abandoned ifnot found useful,or adopted iffound useful.
This guide looks at the subject ofthe food we eat.It covers all kinds oftopics includingan awareness ofthe nutritional value ofdifferent foods,the food needs ofdifferent familymembers and good hygiene practices.It includes ideas for improving our diet with littlecost by using wild or traditional foods,drying and preserving foods at harvest time,producing food in door-sized gardens,and recipes.There are pages on the importance of breast-feeding and feeding young children well.It also looks at the difficult subjects of customs and taboos relating to food.The Bible studies at the back ofthe guide should be used as an essential and ongoing partofthe process.They are best used in small groups,with time for everyone to discuss.
Objectives ofthis guide
To increase awareness ofthe importance ofa good diet in maintaining health andresisting disease
To build understanding ofthe nutritional needs ofpregnant and breast-feeding mothers,young children and older people
To increase awareness ofthe foods which are essential to make up a balanced diet
To increase awareness ofthe risks ofHIV transmission through breast-feeding in orderfor women to make clear judgements