With 100 CHF you finance 100 meals distributed to children from poor families!
This program is targeting children of below 5 years with the overall objective to improve their health through provision of feeding support, thus reducing malnutrition and infant mortality rates while improving the overall standard of living.
The program has been running since 2012. Initially it was planned and treated as an emergency intervention project that was meant to last a short time. But the 5 years of civil war, and the unyielding economic deteriorating state the country is continuing to experience, have continued making this project very crucial to enhancing the quality of lives of infants within the the poor/needy communities.
Due to food shortages and high food prices, many people in South Sudan struggle to provide their own families with enough food and to allow their children to grow up healthy: 1 in 3 newborns will die of malnutrition before the age of 5.
Three times a week, a meal is distributed to 300 children under 5 in each of the three centers built in Juba and its surroundings: in Lologo (near the Saint Vincent Nursery and Primary school, with 100 kindergarten pupils benefiting from the program), in Nyarjwa (where the pilot-farm and the Saint Vincent Health Care Center are located) and in Rajaf (near the home for street children).
Meals include lentils, porridge, rice, beans, vegetables and eggs.
Supervised by two ladies with nutritionist background and food hygiene knowledge, this program has a positive effect on the lives of babies: with a healthy and regular diet, the worst deficiency diseases (which can lead to irreparable brain damage) can be prevented,
The Babies Feeding Program is funded by Austrian donors: Caritas Graz and Hilfswerk Sr. Emmanuelle (which are ASASE donors) and Missio.