Jakarta (ANTARA) – With tears of happiness, the health cadre from Nagari Bandar Siantar in Simalungun, North Sumatera, slowly share her experience “We did not expect that we would become champions, but we have worked hard to give our best in introducing protein-dense menus to our fellow cadres and to mothers in our area in an effort to prevent and overcome stunting in our area.”
Her heartwarming statement was revealed during her announcement as one of the winners of the tempe recipe creation competition held by SEAMEO RECFON in Simalungun, North Sumatera. This competition was participated by 100 Early Childhood Educators and posyandu (Health Posts) cadres, most of them are women. Last October, in a group of 5 people, the creativity of the educators and cadres was tested to create new recipes that were suitable and acceptable for children, using tempeh as the basic ingredient. Tempeh is a unique fermented soy product consumed throughout Indonesia, especially among the Javanese. It is known to contain high protein, even higher than beef. “The competition made us realize that protein doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should be in every meal,” added the lady cadre from Simalungun.
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