The Project is dedicated to improve the nutritional status of 50 children under the age of 5 from the peri-urban areas of Cusco by implementing water filters in each home. It will also train mothers to use and correctly maintain the filters while strengthening their skills in the following areas: health, family hygiene and healthy housing.
More than 50 % of the children from the peri-urban areas of the city of Cusco are exposed to different forms of malnutrition. This problem can be attributed to multiple factors, such as the consumption of contaminated water. Due to the direct and indirect contamination of water, children are prone to a series of health conditions such as diarrhoea, parasites, typhoid fever and skin diseases, increasing their vulnerability to malnutrition and other chronic diseases.
CEDNA plans to implement water filters in the homes of these children so that they can have access to safe water which in turn will improve their nutritional status and their quality of life. To provide sustainability, CEDNA's specialized team will train the mothers of their malnourished children to maintain and operate the water filters. In addition, they will train the families in the fields of health, hygiene and healthy housing (room layouts, cleanliness of house, sink area).
The activities that will take place during the year will work to improve the health of 50 children. This objective means that the malnutrition problems will significantly decrease and the children will have more opportunities for their growth and development; thus they will have a better future.