mothers fight malnutrition in peruvian shantytown with education

In Peru, one in five children under the age of five suffer from chronic child malnutrition. To help combat this epidemic Partners in Health has created a community-based education project targeted at mothers and children between the ages of 0 and 3 in the district of Carabayllo. The goal of the program is to help children make a smoother transition from the home to school. Nutrition is at the heart of this.

A group of mothers – known as mother educators – are trained in early childhood stimulation, leadership and nutrition, among other topics. The mothers then teach others mothers in their neighborhood by hosting interactive meetings in their homes and making house visits.

Raissa Vargas became a mother educator in October. Vargas says her mother wasn’t there for her when she was young. Now she is doing what she can to make sure her 1-year-old daughter – and others in her neighborhood – won’t suffer like she did.