Equip Asia ran a nutrition program in a village in South India, which identified 29 children as malnourished. Equip Asia worked with their mothers to teach them how to prevent malnutrition-caused disabling conditions and to show them how to cook nutritious meals with easily-found ingredients.
After a general screening of 147 children, 29 children were identified as underweight and malnourished in a way that could lead to disabling conditions.
To prevent children from reaching this state, a one-day session was conducted by the local team to teach mothers about malnutrition. In this session, mothers were asked to share their concerns about their children. Eleven of them expressed concern about being able to afford to take care of their children if they became ill.
An activity-based interactive session demonstrated that most of the illnesses mentioned could be prevented at home for just a few pennies. All of the 22 mothers who had gathered there learned home-based care to protect their children from illnesses.
To learn more about good food, another five-day program was conducted in in the same village. During these five days, mothers learned the nutritive values of different foods that were locally available and how it was important to give nutritious food to the children.
One mother testified, ”My son cried all the time, and I hardly slept because of him. I’ve been to the doctors, and they would give him some medicine, which he never liked, and he would throw up all the medicine. But during these five days that I’ve been coming here, my son has been eating all the food that we made here; he played well and even slept through the night. After two years, I’ve slept in peace.”