Help us fight malnutrition in Argentina

 
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$20,260
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Jan 24, 2014

Fifth Report

Mothers and their children in activity
Mothers and their children in activity

Population whose food intake is insufficient to meet dietary energy requirements needs special attention, mainly pregnant mothers and children considering their healthy development.

Our challenge is to manage the undernourishment problem, mostly a consequence of the extreme poverty and low education, focusing on the whole problem. Local community remains fully committed to this objective and we continue working with Conin Pilar, the Child Undernourishment Prevention and Human Promotion Center that is part of the “Red Conin” and follows its methodology to address the problem. Its aim is to take care of the attention, education and assistance of children between 0 to 5 years old with nutritional and social risk. We also work with pregnant women at risk of giving low birth weight children.

During this period, we could observe positive changes in the children´s physical and mental development and in nutritional habits. We have done several activities: family interviews in order to address their needs; workshops on integral stimulation including mothers, their babies and children; health and yoga workshops; gym lessons and more. This could help us give attention to more than 80 children and mothers in nutrition, pediatrics, stimulation, psychology, etc.

Thanks for your contribution to this project, we could do a lot but we still need your help! Remember that nourishing time is now, if not we are going to be very late to help this children grow in normal health conditions. The achievements encouraged us to do more with Conin Pilar and the community, and there are many families that remain undernourished and need your help now!

Little kid playing happily
Little kid playing happily
A great team to build healthy development!
A great team to build healthy development!
Celebrating birthdays
Celebrating birthdays
Mother and baby
Mother and baby
The girl is growing thanks to your help!
The girl is growing thanks to your help!

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Nov 4, 2013

Fourth Report

Early Stimulation
Early Stimulation

Brain needs special materials to run properly: glucose, vitamins, minerals and other essential chemicals. If this complete menu is not delivered on time, brain and the central nervous system are exposed to high danger. So if children do not receive an adequate amount of nutrients and the correct stimulation, the brain development will be affected with significant risk of suffering mental weakness. Conin’s Centers invest all their human and social capital to work on preventing this from happening.

The strategies to address this problem are the following:

  • Periodic pediatric and nutritionist control for children
  • Literacy program for children 2 to 5 years old
  • Follow-up through the work of social assistants, interviews at the center and home visits.
  • Workshop to stimulate both mothers and babies up to 2 years old.
  • Nutritional workshops and cooking classes.
  • Health programm workshop
  • Knitting, sewing, gardening , pottery.
  • Pre-natal workshops
  • Program: Complementary food assistance
  • Program for pregnant women at risk: medical check-ups, psychological support and informative workshops.

Thanks to your help, nowadays the Pilar Conin Prevention Center is growing and helping more than 80 children and mothers. Do not forget it is NOW the time for them to be better nourished and have a healthier life! They need you TODAY!

Beneficiaries
Beneficiaries
Breakfast with friends!
Breakfast with friends!
A group of mothers learning about healthy cooking
A group of mothers learning about healthy cooking
Workshop with mothers
Workshop with mothers
Children weight control
Children weight control

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Aug 12, 2013

Third report

Workshop
Workshop

Our challenge is to manage the undernourishment problem, mostly a consequence of the extreme poverty and low education, focusing on the whole problem. Local community remains fully committed to this objective and we continue working with Conin Pilar, the Child Undernourishment Prevention and Human Promotion Center that is part of the “Red Conin” and follows its methodology to address the problem. Its aim is to take care of the attention, education and assistance of children between 0 to 5 years old with nutritional and social risk. We also work with pregnant women at risk of giving low birth weight children.

During this period, we could observe positive changes in the children´s physical and mental development and in nutritional habits. We have done several activities: 32 family interviews in order to address their needs; 21 workshops on integral stimulation including mothers, their babies and children between 2 to 5; 8 health workshops; 6 yoga workshops; gym lessons and more. This could help us give attention to more than 20 children and 17 families in nutrition, pediatrics, stimulation, psychology, etc.

Thanks for your contribution to this project, we could do a lot but we still need your help! Remember that nourishing time is now, if not we are going to be very late to help this children grow in normal health conditions. The achievements encouraged us to do more with Conin Pilar and the community, and there are many families that remain undernourished and need your help now!

Children with a Conin leader
Children with a Conin leader
Congratulations family!
Congratulations family!

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May 17, 2013

Second Report

The brain is the human organ which develops most quickly. It weights 35 gr at birth and reaches 900 gr at 14 months old. Its weight when an adult is 1200 gr. During the first months it increases its size at 2mg per minute. The future of the central nervous system is determined in the first 14/18 months of life. If during that period the child does not receive an adequate amount of nutrients and the correct stimulation, the brain development will be affected with significant risk of suffering mental weakness. Conin’s Centers invest all their human and social capital to work on preventing this from happening.

This is why we continue working with Conin Pilar, with the Child Undernourishment Prevention and Human Promotion Center that is part of the “Red Conin” and follows its methodology to address the problem. Its aim is to take care of the attention, education and assistance of children between 0 to 5 years old with nutritional and social risk. We also work with pregnant women at risk of giving low birth weight children. All this is done in response to the social demand of Barrio Toro (Derqui) community. which presents a social and economy problems like: 24.8% of population under basic needs unsatisfied (NBI),with no drinkable water, no drains, high unemployment and more than seven people per house living in poverty and precarious conditions, low levels of education, sometimes reaching illiteracy, plus increasing addiction problems and domestic violence 

The strategies used to address this problem and the work plan done were the following:

  • Periodic pediatric and nutritionist control for children
  • Literacy  program for children 2 to 5 years old
  • Follow-up through the work of social assistants, interviews at the center and home visits.
  • Workshop to stimulate both mothers and babies up to 2 years old.
  • Nutritional workshops and cooking classes.
  • Health programm workshop
  • Knitting, sewing, gardening , pottery.
  • Pre-natal workshops
  • Program: Complementary food assistance
  • Program: “ Buen Comienzo” for pregnant  women at risk: medical check-ups, psychological support and informative workshops.

Thanks to your help, nowadays the Pilar Conin Prevention Center open the centre on  a 4th day in order to redistribute the children and to add more families to the program. We could increase the number of children under the program to 21, and 15 families. Otherwise, 3 children reach at least percentile 10 in weight/height according to age. One family with two kids left the program because their parents could not assist because of their work. The aim for this month is to incorporate 4 new kids to reach the maximum of 25 children per day.

During this period, we could identify changes in families under program. As well, as a consequence of the habits change, we could observe positive changes in the children´s physical and mental development.

Thanks a lot for your help! Now 21 children can have a better life!!!!

Feb 21, 2013

Project Report

We carry out our Project in Derqui, Pilar. A location which presents a social and economy disfunction, with a high income segment, opposed to others in structural poverty and extreme vulnerability: 24.8% of population under basic needs unsatisfied (NBI),with no drinkable water, no drains, high unemployment and more than seven people per house living in poverty and precarious conditions, low levels of education, sometimes reaching illiteracy, plus increasing addiction problems and domestic violence 

Our challenge is to manage the undernourishment problem, mostly a consequence of the extreme poverty and low education, focusing on the whole problem, with commitment from the whole community and institutional programs, operated within Conin Pilar Prevention  and Human Promotion Center. We focus our attention on pregnant women most likely to give birth to low weight children and children between 0 and 5 years old.

Our essential pillars are: nutritional and pediatric attention, integral stimulation, literary and games workshops, social assistance and family education and promotion. Our aim is to improve childhood care, breeding, and challenge the families to be their own leaders of change to improve their physical and mental health.

Nowadays the Pilar Conin Prevention Center has 67 children, assisted in two groups, twice a week. The 3rd attention day is focused on pregnant women, through the “Good Start” program.

The contribution asked through the Project “Fighting Malnutrition” will allow us to increase the number of children attending the prevention program. 

We are asking for financial support to be able to open the centre on  a 4th day in order to redistribute the children and to add more families to the program. Our aim is to increase the number of children under the program to 100. 

Indirectly, all the families will be benefitted through the learning of better habits incorporated by the mothers who attend our program. And consequently, the whole community will be positively affected.

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Organization

Fundacion Caminando Juntos

Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Argentina
http://www.caminandojuntos.org.ar

Project Leader

Mercedes Ferreccio

Projects Manager
Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

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