A boy looks at a poster on handwashing
NYF temporarily switched the focus of its nutrition program from residential care to community outreach - conducting nutrition education workshops in districts hard hit by the earthquakes last spring.
A team of doctors and nurses traveled to villages in Dhading district and screened children for malnutrition and other medical conditions, while nutritionists taught their mothers the basics of good nutrition and sanitation at a half dozen such camps held throughout the region.
The program shift was necessary because a lengthy blockade at the Indian border, lifted just last month, nearly crippled the tiny land-locked country. Without crucial supplies such as cooking fuel, medicine and food, NYF staff curtailed the number of children it could care for in its 16 Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes.
The country is gradually regaining its footing, and NYF plans to bring it centers back to capacity.
An estimated 40 percent of all Nepali children are malnourished. In NYF’s residential program, severely malnourished children are nursed back to good health, while their mothers learn to prepare healthy meals using locally available food.
Educator teaching mothers on proper nutrition
A nurse teaches mothers about breastfeeding
A staffer measures a young boy's height