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Maryamah learns to help her family
The training on nutrition is a great advantage for mothers,
especially those like myself who had not have experience in raising a child
before, as it opens our eyes to the importance of nutritious food and
healthcare for the development of our children. I highly hope that the
programme will continue because we have already fallen in love with it and
we want to learn more about nutritious benefits for our children.
Maryamah is 23 and the mother of a three-year-old. She lives near a garbage
treatment facility in the village of Bantargebang, Indonesia. Since 2002,
the Rice for the Poor and Training on Nutrition programmes have been
conducted in Maryamah’s village. The mothers of the area get lessons in
nutrition and health twice a month. They also get lessons in preparing food
supplements. The programme allows them to buy rice and the suppplements at a
very affordable price.
“My daughter did not like porridge until I introduced her to the
supplements,” says Maryamah. “She now has a great appetite for meals, her
weight has increased and she is seldom sick.
"If I may make a suggestion for the improvement of this programme,” adds
Maryamah, “it would be ideal if it also included the distribution of
vitamins and the presence of a medical doctor. It would also be great if
there were a form of the supplements that was ready to be served, and then
we would not need to allocate special time for preparing it.”