The 37% prevalence of stunting (low height-for-age) children is alarmingly high in Myanmar’s southwest Ayeyarwady Region, and it is caused by chronic malnutrition that can have irreversible damage on brain as well as physical development. To help address this threat, CWS has been helping mothers and caregivers of < 5 children increase their knowledge and understanding of hygiene and nutrition for their children.
In early November our Myanmar team invited organic farming expert, Saw Manar Shay, to teach 80+ mothers and caregivers more about home gardening so they can better support their children’s health. In lectures and through practice, workshop participants learned how to make organic fertilizer, green compost and kitchen waste compost, as well as organic fertilizer. At the end of their time with Saw Manar Shay, one community leader, U Kyaw Myint, shared the group’s appreciation for their new knowledge, which they can use in their home gardening and also on farms, which is their main livelihood.
To complement the project participants’ learning, the CWS team will now distribute seeds that are suitable for their land and will yield nutritious vegetables for their children.