A MOTHER's FIGHT FOR HER CHILD's FUTURE!

A MOTHER's FIGHT FOR HER CHILD's FUTURE

Neelam and baby Dhristi during a home visit.

For Neelam, a mother of 2, education ended abruptly when she was in class 12. She had to drop out of school, support her family’s sustenance through farming and was soon married off to a suitable groom. While Neelam does rue the missed opportunity of completing her education, probe her further and she excitedly says that she will make sure her daughter completes her education and grows up to be independent someday.

We came across Neelam during a house-to-house screening in Khaperkheda village of Dharni, Amravati. 19-month-old Dhristi, was found to be suffering from moderate acute malnutrition. Her Middle Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) was 117. Fight Hunger Foundation staff engaged with Neelam to better understand the cause of Dhristi’s condition and discuss with her the importance of nutrition. During her first counselling session, Neelam realised she needed to feed Dhristi at regular intervals and introduce her to various food preparations as a part of complimentary feeding. Without delay she began keeping a close watch on Dhristi’ s meals and fed her at regular intervals. Along with complementary food such as Daliyah (porridge), rice and simple preparations of pulses, she increased the frequency of breastfeeding. During our weekly home visits, the change in Dhristi was visible. From being quiet and expression less, she was now a curious child with a hint of smile forever on her face. Dhristi has not recovered completely, but she is slowly getting there.

Neelam says she plans to learn sewing and take it up as a profession to earn extra income. In the coming years, she believes she will be able to save enough money to make sure Dhristi keeps receiving good nutrition as she grow up, start schooling and hopefully grow to be financially independent and self-sufficient. Through determination, perseverance and patience, Neelam is slowing making sure that Dhristi becomes what she could not be.

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