Dec 14, 2020

Young Mothers Report

In late 2018 we started working with the local college near out field office to build a relationship between Pahli Mulitcampus, Health Sector and Filters for Families. We donated lab tables, white boards, and long tables for meetings to the college. The Health Sector has very few resources on campus so we are building up class room facilities. Our goal is to train the local female Health students to conduct the Nurtrition and Hygiene classes as we did the local Female Health Volunteers, our Nutrition team and local femal leaders. These classes were held in 2018 and 2019 at the Parasi Office, now we are extending the classes to the college. One of the female Health Instructors worked with us to build the Nutrition Workshops for Trainings and Village Workshops in Nawalparasi. Some of her students also took the trainings and helped with the village workshops. These workshops were similar to the ones we held in Bara District. The young mothers who attended the Nawalparasi workshops were given a water filter that removes arsesnic (metals) and bacteria (SONO-mini filter),  hygiene bag (soap, dehydration salts, washcloth, spoon and washable sanitation pad), fresh vegetables and the children were weighted and measured with the assistance of the students and the Female Health Volunteers and given a card that recorded the information. Among the children two were found to be underweight and were asked to followup with the local Female Health Worker. We discovered that monthly visits to the young mothers by the student teams encourages the mothers to keep on track with a healthy food and hygiene program. Some villages have Mother's Clubs, but many have been dismantled so we plan to build up these groups with the students and the women who attended the workshops along with FFF's female staff.  

The college trainings were going to start in Feburary 2020 but COVID 19 put a stop to the program until colleges and businesses open up again.Slowly schools, businesses and villages are starting to open. We are planning to start trainings again when it's safe. 

Jun 12, 2018

Second Weighting Session for Sano Kunwar

Weighing Baby in SKunwar
Weighing Baby in SKunwar

Measuring Day (May 2018)

baby, baby boy, baby girl

The second Measuring Day was met with mixed emotions by most of the baby crowd. The feeling of sitting in a swing was unsettling to say the least by the majority, as you’ll see in the photos. Decidedly, the most fun of the day was playing with the measuring tape.  (see photos and text in attached pdf)

Several years ago during one of our Arsenic Awareness Workshops, we found two children with hydrocephalus. One young boy in Nadawa, who is now 7 years old, we helped with a stint operation, but the other child, a one year old girl, was in a district that was too dangerous to return for two years. Sadly, the young girl died during that time. This has made our Nutrition Team more aware of the importance of monitoring the children’s growth and identifying problems abnormalities in the early stages. Tracking weight gain or loss over 2 years will also help spot children who may have a medical problem. These parent can be referred to the local clinic and hospital for followup examination.

Grandmothers, aunties, and older siblings are frequent care takers when mom isn’t available. We encourage all the caretakers to attend workshops, thus, assuring nutrition and health care information is spread amongst the community.

                                                                     WHO Guidelines for Weight Growth  (Chart 1)

0-3   Months--       Gain of 175 g to 210 g per week

   5    Months---     Most babies should have doubled their birth weight by 5 to 6 months

6-12 Months--       Gain of 400 g per month

1 Years                 Most babies have tripled their birth weight.

2 Years                  4 Times the birth weight

3 Year                    5 Times the birth weight

5 Years                  6 Times the birth weight

7 Years                  7 Times the birth weight

10 Years               10 Times the birth weight

(see weights in Chart 2 in attached pdf)


Holding one workshop with a couple follow up sessions during the weighting times may not be enough contact with the women. We’ve found ten children that are under weight from this group that need more frequent follow up with the Female Health Volunteer (FHV). The FHV can check the mother’s nutrition status, child’s health stats and provide more training for the family, especially in nutrition. With this in mind we will use extra funds to work with the FHV and the mothers on a monthly basis. (infant weight calculator)




Mar 15, 2018

School Desks and Workshop Review March 2018

March 2018 Update

School Desks for Jotpur
Last year when we visited the local primary school in Jotpur to check out the rooms for our Nutrition and Community workshops, we found the Kindergarten and First grade class rooms lacked desks. The children were sitting on burlap bags on the cold cement floor. The teachers didn’t have a desk, table or cabinet for their teaching materials. Also walls in these rooms weren’t painted like the upper grade rooms. In the back of one classroom there were broken wooden windows and desks piled up (see below). My hope was that we would be able to improve the children’s classroom. Thankfully, this month (March) we will start mending and building new desks for the class rooms. (see photos)

Sano Kunwar Baby Weighting and Follow up workshop in April.
Our FFF team decided to hold a follow up workshop during the Baby Weighing in April. The objective is to determine if the women made any changes to their families diet after the workshop, and to see how many followed up with the recommended immunizations. The female team will help the women fill out a one page survey. We also are interested in any difficulties the women faced in trying to implement the diet changes. The instructors will also review the Children’s Growth Chart with the women, to help them check their babies growth or lack of growth.

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