Mision Huascaran will expand its reach to include more than 630 poor kids to its Children Nutrition Program for 2022 in the rural highlands of Peru. The objective is to keep anemia levels below 9% and to build capabilities within the community to sustain these results over time. The program offers several elements to fight against anemia, such as: nutritionist support, nutritional diagnosis, trainings, iron rich foods, cooking sessions, bio-gardens, contests, incentives, among others.
Historically in Peru, especially in the rural highlands, anemia rates have been over 40%, affecting the physical and mental development of children and limiting their future potential. This happens because communities live in poverty and aren't aware of the consequences of this condition. Hence, they don't feed their children with balanced diets, which usually are low in iron, causing anemia. This project will benefit more than 80 children and also involves parents and teachers.
In 2019 we ran a four-month pilot for this program that reduced anemia from 44% to 21% in more than 100 children. We will replicate this proven approach but in a longer period. The program has several components that drives results: fully dedicated nutritionist supervision; nutritional diagnoses; tailored trainings for kids, parents and teachers; empowerment of community's mother leaders; iron rich foods; cooking sessions; in-school bio-gardens ; cooking contests; among others.
The objective of the project is to lower anemia levels to less than 9% in 2022 and to create long-term capabilities within the community to sustain these results over time.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).