RUPA & SANJITA & THE NUTRITION REHABILITATION CENTRE
As well as the dedicated staff, the World Vision team also includes a contingent of volunteers who are from and live in the communities in Nawada. We got to speak to Rupa who is a healthcare volunteer, as well as to some of the women who she has helped.
After a friend of Rupa’s lost her child to pneumonia, she decided she had to do something to stop it happening again in her community. When World Vision began programmes in the area to educate people about healthcare, Rupa decided to learn as much as she could and pass that knowledge on to her community.
Eight months pregnant herself, Rupa meets with expectant mothers and teaches them how to care for their children, giving them the opportunity to talk about sensitive subjects like breastfeeding and childbirth. She also holds monthly meetings to teach boys and girls how to look after their health.
SANJITA & THE NUTRITION REHABILITATION CENTRE
Malnourishment is a real problem in Bihar state; in part because many families cannot afford to buy nutritious food, but also because Nawada is a drought prone area, so food can be scarce.
We met Sanjita and her two daughters, Anshu and newborn baby Ankita. When her eldest daughter Anshu was 18 months old, she was severely malnourished, and it’s thanks to the work of World Vision that she is now a happy and healthy four-year-old. Ahmeet, a World Vision worker recognised that she needed help and referred her to a government-run nutrition rehabilitation centre where her child was able to receive much needed treatment, and she was taught how to care for her child.
While the centre is government run, most of the referrals come from World Vision staff out in the communities - around 100 children are treated each month from Nawada alone. Mothers and their children usually spend around 15 days at the centre, and typically there are more girls than boys, as boys are likely to be fed better than girls. After their treatment is complete, World Vision provides these mothers with food baskets with enough nutrient-rich food to last six months and ensures that children receive regular health checks.
What was heart-warming about our visit was the way the mothers faces lit up when they spoke about their dreams for their children’s futures - futures that look so much brighter thanks to the work of World Vision and team members like Ahmeet.
It was such an honour to see the heart and passion of the World Vision team in India, as well as the practical work they do to help keep the people in their communities healthy. We’d love you to stand with us and empower more girls to live their dreams, not to live in fear. Over the next few weeks, become one of 1,000 Kiwis sponsoring a girl in the developing world!