There is no stronger power against the causes of malnutrition than a mother who is determined for her child to live healthy, happy, and to his or her full potential. 

Thank you, mothers, for being the world's first and greatest humanitarians. 


 

Mothers part of a health group initiative in India are combatting malnutrition in their own homes and together in their community. “There is nothing much greater than seeing seven lives revived through our health initiative. We strive to continue educating mothers about malnutrition,” says mother Geetha. “Our dream is to work towards a malnutrition free community." Photo ©2015 World Vision

One of the health group members, mother Mamta, brings her newborn with her to the member meetings where the mothers share nutrition practices and work together towards a malnutrition-free community. Photo ©2015 World Vision

Evelyn, mother of 6, shares that the most important thing she can give to her children is the gift nutrition. “I just wish they would grow up like that so they would stay healthy. It is important for me. I can’t give them that much as a parent but I can always continue to cook nutritious food for them."  Photo ©2015 World Vision

Mothers in Afghanistan concerned for their child's health attend clinics in their communities where they learn to cook and can feed their children nutritious food. Lack of access to food, poor care and feeding practices and illness are the major causes of under-nutrition in Afghanistan. The 2013 National Nutrition Survey revealed that almost 3 million children in Afghanistan are affected by malnutrition. Photo ©2015 Narges Ghafary/World Vision

Having heard about the work of World Vision in her community and how it was helping to improve the health of her neighbors and their children, Mrs Sahnaj (a mother herself with dreams for her children to grow up healthy) attended a nutrition class in her area. “I learned that beans, eggs and liver all contain protein, whereas before I thought only meat, fish and milk did, so I’ve changed what I give to my children."

Lima, her youngest child, was only one when her mother began feeding her with a recommended diet and she has since grown into a healthy young girl who loves her new adventures in grade one at school.

Mrs Sahnaj also discovered the role of vitamin A – which can be found in many cheap, locally available foods, such as mangos, papayas and selected small fish – in preventing night blindness and about the essential need for safe drinking water.  Photo ©2014 World Vision, Lipy Mary Rodrigues

Mrs Sahnaj passes on her new knowledge to as many mothers in her community as she can, encouraging them to join nutrition classes and help their children to consume nutritious foods.  Photo ©2014 World Vision, Lipy Mary Rodrigues

In Laos, new mother Vanh breastfeeds her 4-month old son. Breast milk is the natural first food for babies, it provides all the energy and nutrients that infants need in the first months of life, it continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one-third during the second year of life.  Photo ©2014 Ammala Thomisith/World Vision

A mothers group in the Philippines shares the goal of good nutrition for their children, and their recipes for nutritious foods such as vegetable soup.  Photo ©2015 World Vision

Mothers form this nutrition club in Vietnam where they share porridge rations of the day for their children. The nutrition club has increasingly become a common room for the needy mothers in the community to have nutritional knowledge for their children and learn how to gain a living for their families.  Photo ©2015 World Vision 


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