Feed the Children is making a difference in the lives of children and their families in 12 Haitian communities. Through our Child-Focused Community Development (CFCD) programs, we are able to do more than just provide food. We teach and empower children and their families to reverse and prevent malnutrition and end the cycle of poverty through efforts in food and nutrition, health and water, education, and livelihoods.
We implement peer-to-peer Care Groups that help mothers of young children learn important topics related to food and nutrition as well as health and water. The Care Group approach serves as a model for a community-based and community-led approach to the issues of malnutrition & stunting among young children. We strive to prepare parents to be able to choose nutritious and diverse food items to use when cooking and to safely prepare food to prevent water-borne illnesses. Through Care Groups, more than 1,600 caregivers were trained in proper nutrition and health practices to better feed and care for their children.
Haiti has been known throughout history for its natural beauty, tourism, political stability, agriculture, and forestation. Unfortunately, due to natural disasters, this is no longer the case. Haiti is the poorest and least developed country in the western hemisphere. Much of the population, especially children, face extreme poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. Natural disasters, particularly hurricanes, are also very common and contributes to the hardship of the population through damages and death.
We are thrilled at the progress that has been done in improving the nutritional status of children and mothers; increasing access to education for children who otherwise might not attend school; promoting healthy behaviors through water, sanitation and hygiene training; and empowering communities to overcome poverty and become self-sustaining.
In Haiti, FEED prioritizes school meals and offers students a hot meal three times a week. FEED provides rice, beans, and cooking oil, while volunteer mothers help prepare and serve the school meals. It is not uncommon for this to be the only meal the students receive in a day, so knowing they will receive a meal creates an incentive for them to attend school and helps them focus on their studies.
Would you consider partnering with FEED to continue this important work? Your support enables us to ensure that children are in school and are learning while they are there.