Mother-of-five Achoya says the majority of pregnant mothers in her area did not have much knowledge about nutrition. But that was before mums like her took action together with Christian Aid’s local partner, and supporters like you.
Achoya’s husband passed away in 2011, so it’s been down to her to care for and feed her children. That’s a big responsibility at the best of times. But for Achoya it’s also been a real struggle.
The climate crisis, conflict and isolation have made diets very limited, and malnutrition rates high, across this part of South Sudan.
Yet there are solutions. And Achoya, who trained to be a health facilitator with one of our local partners, is helping to implement one of them.
She supports Mother to Mother groups set up by our local partner and shares information about nutrition and the importance of breastfeeding.
The group members then help spread this knowledge to other mums.
Achoya also promotes good hygiene, which has meant more mums are delivering their babies safely in health facilities – and that more newborns can be checked for malnutrition.
All of this has reduced malnutrition in children among the families of the Mother to Mother group members and the wider community.