Training Session with CGVs
The Care Group (CG) strategy is a community-based approach to health that empowers members to become more aware of their challenges and be active participants in health behavior change. Feed the Children (FEED) organizes volunteer mothers into CGs and these mothers become leaders, known as Care Group Volunteers (CGVs). They are trained on health and nutrition practices and make a commitment to replicate and share their new knowledge, skills, and practices with other mothers in their communities.
Since March, FEED has hosted training sessions for CGVs on Infant and Young Child Feeding and cooking demonstrations for both CGVs and community members. In addition to monthly supervision visits conducted to strengthen the work CGVs, training and coordination meetings are conducted to review progress, validate reports, and plan the activities and training for the month.
Distribution of Vitamin A, Albendazole and Prenatal vitamins were organized to benefit 809 children and 98 pregnant women. Since March 83 CGVs received training on health and nutrition lessons from health promoters, 737 community women received lessons from CGVs and 3,352 children under the age of 5 benefited, along with their mothers.
Oralus is a 35-year-old mother, wife and teacher. She has 3 children – David age 9, Christie age 2 and Orson 9 months. She has benefited from CG lessons and training from CGVs. Before the implementation of the program in her community, she did not have any knowledge about the three food groups, balanced meals or the importance of breastfeeding. Her two smallest children were showing initial signs of malnutrition and her son was seriously ill with septicemia. Through the CG trainings, she has acquired vital knowledge to take good care of her children. Both her daughter and youngest son are slowly recovering their health and vigor.
“The living condition in this community is really difficult. There is no drinking water, there is filth everywhere. I did not have the joy of living; my child is seriously ill, and he cannot find proper care because of our financial situation. We lived in ignorance, we had enough to feed our children, but we did not realize it. We almost lost a child. Feed the Children has taken the veil off our eyes now we are able. This program has armed us with all weapons to feed all the children of the world and this with the little we can have.”