22 April 2019

Driving change in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

An update from our dedicated programme area

Fostering healthy habits and improved nutrition for children is an important area of focus for ChildFund New Zealand. And, without a doubt, we’ve learned a lot through the years.

Sachini (pictured) lives in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, and is part of ChildFund’s Lead Mother programme. As a member, she receives training on child nutrition, home-based care, health and sanitation.

“Our food pattern has changed,” explains Sachini. “I now cook green grams in the morning or prepare cold rice with fruits. Some afternoons, I boil red rice and serve it with fi sh or village eggs, vegetables and one kind of green leaf.”

And Sachini’s hard work has had the desired impact. Not only are her children healthier and happier, but she now has the ability to share her knowledge with other mothers in the community through a peer-to-peer approach.

Self-reliance is dependent on this type of knowledge transfer. As Batticaloa continues on its path towards independence, the families who live there must continue to build one another up, not only in the area of nutrition, but in all aspects of their development.

By doing this, community members are driving change and helping their own children and youth to thrive.


This story was included as part of the 2018 Annual Report issue of Thrive magazine. Click here to read the report.

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