The promising employment of the industrial hub of Eswatini in Matsapha, attracts men and women within the reproductive age bracket (15 to 49 years). This has resulted in many children born from mothers of low income earners. Most of these women are single. As such, they cannot afford to take care of all the nutritional needs of their children because of their low income status. The children are left with inadequate nutrition in the hands of caregivers in the informal settlements where they live.
Through the Mentor Mothers' home visits, Siphilile will measure weight, height and mid upper arm circumference of each child and train caregivers and parents on the importance of adequate nutrition. Malnourished children will be referred for therapeutic feeding. Nutritious meals will be provided to rehabilitated children upon discharge. By learning on the importance of child nutrition, caregivers and parents will educate others and improve child care in subsequent children.
This project will train 158 caregivers and parents, helping to build a positive impact on the child's ability to grow, learn and rise out of poverty.