STOMP (Slum-Targeted Outreach for Malnutrition Prevention) in the slums of Bangalore, India.
STOMP is a new program that CNF is building from the ground up.
CNF is fundraising the initial start-up cost for this program, which is $10,000.
Due to a lack of adequate space in the slums, the absence of sanitary facilities, illiteracy, a lack of awareness of & access to health care, as well as the general presence of poverty, there is a high incidence of malnutrition in children in slums.
Malnutrition often starts in the womb since children are born to malnourished, anemic mothers.
CNF therefore seeks to intervene with anemic, malnourished pregnant and lactating women as well as children 0-2.
The mission of the STOMP program is to implement a nutrition intervention initiative to sponsor 200 beneficiaries in the slums of Bangalore over a 30-month period in order to stop the cycle of inter-generational malnutrition.
STOMP is designed to be sustainable because as beneficiary-mothers are rehabilitated and educated on proper sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition, they will become community advocates.
This kind of grassroots community advocacy is part of CNF’s overall mission to educate and empower those we seek to serve.
In order to accomplish our goal of creating a sustainable, scalable model for implementation in other slums or poverty-stricken areas, CNF will do the following during the 30-month duration of the pilot phase of STOMP:
-Provide nutritional supplements in cases where it is medically necessary.
-Educate beneficiaries about locally-available, affordable, and nutritious food.
-Educate beneficiaries on sanitary cooking methods.
-Educate beneficiaries about hygiene and sanitation, especially in the absence of accessible toilets.
-Educate beneficiaries on health care for pregnant women, including tests, supplements, and the priority of nutrition for the health of the fetus.
-Educate lactating, working mothers on feeding newborns & infants.
-Identify & refer in-need beneficiaries to hospitals.
-Educate beneficiaries on use of Anganwadis (government day care centers).
-Encourage community advocacy for beneficiaries while they are completing the program so that the knowledge base will spread as each beneficiary-mother shares what she has learned with those around her.
The cost of adopting each individual beneficiary is $220 US. This amount is spread out over the 30-month period and it covers the community health worker’s salary (Yuvacharya), the educational programs provided to the beneficiary, and the nutritional interventions necessary for the individual beneficiary.
Not only does this $220 help support the life-long well-being of the beneficiary through education and empowerment, but jobs are created for the Yuvacharyas who also live in the slums. Because we are able to educate the Yuvacharyas to do a new job within their communities, we are also empowering them as community advocates and contributing members of their families and communities.
CNF’s phase one fundraising goal is $10,000. These funds will ensure the program hits the ground running.
Please consider donating and help us STOMP out malnutrition in the slums of Bangalore.
CNF is raising funds for the Adopt a Mother & Save her child program in slums and villages around Kolkata.
Among the poorest of the poor in Kolkata, malnutrition in children is rampant. Most of the time, malnutrition starts in the womb. The mother is often very young, uneducated, malnourished, and does not have the required family support to experience a healthy pregnancy. The child therefore is born weak, susceptible to diseases and compounded with inappropriate childcare practices, suffers from malnutrition.
The first 1000 days of a child’s life, starting from conception till it reaches the age of 2, is the “window of opportunity” to set a firm foundation for the child’s health. This is the critical period where 80% of mental, physical and cognitive development takes place. If the child does not receive appropriate care and nutrition during this time, the damage is irreversible and the child suffers from its consequences for the rest of its life.
Keeping this fact in mind, this program adopts a mother when she conceives her child and provides all essential care to her such as folic acid and iron tablets, regular check ups by the health worker, sonographies, emergency care if required and most importantly – nutrition and lifestyle counselling. It is not uncommon, given the status of women in the family, for the pregnant woman to eat after everyone else, or work in the fields right upto the 9th month of pregnancy. This is something I saw with my own eyes. The program provides extensive counselling and education to the family on how to care for the mother so that she and her child have a healthy pregnancy outcome.
Once the child is born, it is given all the required care till the age of 2 such as immunizations, good nutrition, lactation support to the mother among others.
These services prevent malnutrition from occuring at all and empowers women with knowledge to care for themselves and their children appropriately.
Although the program is called Adopt “a” mother, since the approach is “community-based”, all women who get pregnant in a village in a year are provided the same services for the same cost. On an average, 9-10 women get pregnant in a village per year. All of them receive counseling, immunizations and pre/post natal care.
The cost of adopting the village is $100 per year, or $300 for the entire 1000 days.
The reason costs are low is because firstly, the region has a low cost of living and secondly, many of the services are subsidized by the government which helps keep sponsorship costs low.
I have seen the impact of this program first-hand on my visit to Kolkata in September 2012. The beneficiaries of this program were much better informed, had healthier pregnancies, and their children were in good health.
Please watch this short video of my visit to a village in Kolkata where this program is being implemented:
If you would like to sponsor a mother and child (in reality, a village), you may also either make a one-time payment of $300 to cover the entire 1000 days, or make a yearly payment of $100 or make a recurring monthly donation of $8. We do prefer receiving the entire amount of $300 if possible so that it guarantees funding for 1000 days.
— Pooja Srivatsa
In May 2011, I visited an NGO called CINI (Child In Need Institute)
in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). It is an organization of international
repute doing amazing work in prevention and treatment of malnourished
children and pregnant women since 1974. (See video here – http://nishkama1.blogspot.com/2011/09/cini-visit-may-2011.html)
The visit was eye opening. When you see a 2 year old who can’t stand
on her own, or a 1 year old weighing 5 lbs like I did at their center,
it becomes imperative to take action.
Malnutrition is an unfortunate reality in a world of abundance. While
it robs some children from reaching their fullest potential, for some,
it spells death.
The good news is – with timely treatment, lives can be saved, damage
can be limited. With education and advocacy, malnutrition can be
We have undertaken a project to raise $6000, or $150 per child – to
treat 40 children in CINI’s Nutritional Rehabilitation Center (NRC).
This is where children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition are
brought in and treated for nearly 15 days, to save them from otherwise
In addition to providing life-saving treatment to children, their
mothers/primary caregivers are also educated in proper feeding
practices, hygiene, breastfeeding and timely immunizations. The
mothers then become community advocates and propagate what they have
learnt to other mothers in their community. This is extremely
important to break the cycle of malnutrition that has persisted for
generations in these communities, thus saving many more lives.
Once we reach $150 for a child and treatment begins, donors will have
online access to pictures and progress reports of the child/children
whose lives they are helping to save.
Please visit the Donate link on this website to make your contribution.
Thank you so much!