Than Than Si is 33 and married to Myint Lwin, who is 40. They have two daughters: Chit Thet Wai is age 7 and studying in Grade 1 and Chit Phu Wai is a 4-year-old toddler who stays at home with her mother. The family lives in a village where CWS works with poor and vulnerable families in the Ayeyarwaddy region of southwest Myanmar. Than Than Si and her husband are daily wage farm workers for 20 days each month during planting to harvesting seasons, and their average daily income is about 6,000 Khat (MMK), or $3.75 during those months. In the rainy season from June to October, Myint Lwin fishes for his family’s food and little income, too. And, while the family is poor, they are able to eat what Than Than Si thought to be good, healthy meals each day; and, so, she was surprised to learn that Chit Phu Wai was found to be under-weight for her age when she had a check-up during a health screening CWS was supporting in the village.
Of course, Than Than Si was immediately ready to join nutrition, hygiene and health education sessions with the hope to learn more about better nutrition and child care. Having successfully joined all the classes on offer, she said, “Now [because of the positive teaching, sharing and follow-up], I will never forget about the three key food groups for my daughters, nor about [the importance of good] personal hygiene. I practice what I have learned – every day – preparing healthy food in a clean kitchen, and I take more care of my younger daughter’s hygiene. I must admit that the CWS-hosted education sessions helped me and my family be more aware of proper hand-washing, especially after toileting and before meals.”
“Already, I am happy to see Chit Phu Wai’s weight gain from 10.9 kg to 15.3 kg within one year.” [So, she caught up with her age weight-for-height group.] “Now, I will continue all these good practices, especially keeping a well-balanced diet plus better personal hygiene. I want to my daughters grow up healthy and happy; and I thank CWS for helping our children and community.”
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