Macheo US regularly receives updates from the Macheo Children's Centre in Kenya, informing us of their progress in the Malnourished Children’s Feeding Program, caring for 30 infant children daily though your generous support. In the Kiandutu slums of Thika, life is challenging due to abject poverty. Families have no regular source of income and therefore no regular food source for their growing children. Stunting is well established in the early years of a child’s life and we are attempting to mitigate this by taking in children who show signs of malnourishment and try to put them and their families on the right path.
Apart from feeding their children with nutritious meals, MCP uses other interventions to benefit the guardians. This includes individual nutrition advice, parenting related counseling and giving information to individual guardians of those benefiting. For sustainability of normal nutritional status of these children, some of their guardians were referred to other existing Macheo programs e.g. Family Empowerment, Individual Treatment or Mother To Child.
From the field ….
Due to challenges that face parents/guardians in the Kiandutu slum, the program organizes seminars to empower these guardians with knowledge and skill building. This enables them to give the best attention to their children in terms of love, medical attention and also feeding them with nutritious and a well balanced diet. After they are exited from the program, this will prevent them from becoming malnourished again. The following topics were addressed to the guardians of the benefiting children.
Topics and Attendance
Caring for a sick child- 30
Right for a child- 25
Parenting and relationship 25
Progress towards a normal nutritional status of the benefiting children was determined by anthropometric assessment. The assessment was done after every two weeks. In this quarter, 10 children attained their normal nutritional status and were released from the program. Other children had not attained the expected nutrition status. However, some of them who had delayed milestones improved as follows:
Name of child Date of intake; State at intake Age at intake; Current state; current age
Brison Feb 2016 Sitting 9 months, walking 1yr.6months
Mary July 2015 Sitting 8 months, standing 1yr.6months
Cecilia Jan 2016 Sitting 8 months, standing 1yr.3months
Teresia April 2016 Crawling 1yr.1month, walking 1yr.8months
Grace July 2016 Sitting 10 months, crawling 11 months
Mary June 2016 Sitting 1yr.1 month, standing 1yr.4month
Onesmus June 2016 Sitting 1yr.5 months, standing 1yr.9months
As you can see some children have very delayed developmental milestones. They are not released from our program until they have reached a normal weight and physical development for their age range. When recruitment is done, children are found in different levels of nutritional status i.e. mild, moderate and severe. Thus they will take different times to rehabilitate.
Because of your financial support, we have been able to successfully help 98 children in the program in 2016 and will continue to invest in young children’s lives in 2017 with your continued support.
Thank you coming alongside these children to give them a brighter future and a better start in life.