During their visit, they learned about nutrition projects the One Goal campaign will support. At a nutrition club, Ms Cham and Mr McMahon learned from mothers in rural communities about how they prepare nutritious food for their small children and provide better childcare. They also attended a food demonstration and joined a football game with the clubs’ members.
Their remarks capture best the significance of their visit and the One Goal campaign's aim of nutrition for every child.
“Today, together with community members in Hai Lang district, I have experienced how to cook a nutritious soup for children by using simple ingredients such as shrimps, vegetable, onion and oil,” said Ms Cham whose son is 16 months. “I hope children – our future footballers - will have their nutrition taken care so they will have a good health.”
After taking part in the field activities, Mr McMahon said, “Today is a fantastic experience to me. I have been to a lot of places but this really makes me feel special indeed.”
“Regarding nutrition, I have been very fortunate over the years: working hard and having professional health, because I was a professional sports person. You haven’t got that kind of help. [With One Goal] you are getting an opportunity to look up. This works in a better way because health is the most important thing in life,” he said.
In Vietnam, 17.5 percent of children under five years are underweighted and 29.3 percent suffer from stunting, according to the General Nutrition Survey conducted by the National Institute of Nutrition in 2010.
To address child malnutrition, One Goal partners with World Vision's nutrition clubs as an integrated, community-based, sustainable approach to improving child nutrition in the area. Today, there are more than 520 nutrition clubs in provinces where World Vision is working, reaching approximately 17,000 children under the age of five.
One Goal is currently fundraising to provide nutrition clubs for 10,000 malnourished children, under age five, in the three provinces Dien Bien, Yen Bai and Quang Ngai in Vietnam.
Ms Cham was a striker for the Vietnam National Women’s Football Team in the late 2000s. She started her career as a football player at the age of 17 and won the Vietnam Golden Ball Award in 2008. At present, she works as a football expert commentator for a television channel and a coach of a children football club in Hanoi.
Mr McMahon is a former English professional footballer, manager, and is now a sports television commentator. He played for Liverpool in the late 1980s. Mr McMahon is ranked 42nd on the list of 100 best players of all time. He is currently a football commentator for the Asia-based sports broadcaster ESPN Star Sports.