Malnourished Children’s Rehabilitative Project (ages 0-7 years). Children are first de-wormed, HELP provides cooking pots, uncooked food and a children’s chewable vitamin daily. Mothers provide firewood and prepare the meal. Health and nutrition education classes on common childhood dis-eases are included.
Combating Malnourishment in Children
From the inception of HELP Foundation, we recognized the need to reach out to malnourished children by working with mothers to not only provide a nutritious meal to these children, but also to provide extensive education to mothers on both nutrition and health. We have two registered nurses who run the project. They examine each child for weight and general physical health. Our program is extensive in that we first do a physical survey of a barangay (village) to determine the number of malnourished children. We then provide extensive health/nutrition classes to the mothers of these malnourished children. The mothers provide “in kind” support by supplying firewood, garden vegetables, etc. We provide the rice and meat (chicken, pork, or fish). Our program lasts for 6 months and has had remarkable success. After 6 months, 85% of the children attain a “nutritional status” of normal. In addition to providing a balanced meal, we provide a children’s vitamin to each child. A very generous pharmacist in Kansas supplies HELP with 100,000 vitamin pills each year.