Mirjam is working very intensely distributing aid to the Masai children. We asked her to share about the latest dis-tribution of baby food.
In June we began our new project, “Baby Food”. The children in the Masai district are very undernourished so we were contacted by the local authorities with a request to help the most vulnerable children. We have therefore applied for support in a three month trial period. After this, we will evaluate the effect on the children.
The children are aged 0-2 years and we have 200 children in the program. All of them were weighed before the start. It was quite a project, but it was successful.
Before the food distribution the mothers were trained by a nutrition expert of how to make this special gruel and the children had a taste. The mothers were told that 1 kg of this was equivalent to 3 kg meat or 72 eggs. They were also told what proteins were in the mixture, which were building the health of the children. The mothers gave a really good response and asked many relevant questions. We were happy that they participated so actively.
The women stood patiently and waited as their names were called so as they could take home the food. Every child got 3 kg, which would last for three weeks. We are a team that supervise the project and distribute a new portion of food every third week. According to the latest evaluations, the project seems to be a success and it is my prayer that we receive enough funds to start up in other Masai districts. We will work one year in every place to make sure that the children get healthy. The doctors that we work with have asked us if we can help children up to 5 years as they are undernourished and a very vulnerable group.
Please pray that this will be a success and that God will help the little undernourished ones to get a better start in life. Thank you also for praying for funds as it is quite expensive to run this project. And last, but not least: THANK YOU for praying for the team and for me that God gives us energy and protects us as we set out on these long and demanding trips.
1 kg of this mixture is 10 DKK so for one child it is 520 DKK per year. If anyone wants to support food to these 200 children please pay your gift to our account, which is:
Account name: Betania Kirkecenters Ydremission
IBAN no. DK7097120741793075
Bank name: Den Jyske Sparekasse, Borgergade 3,
Swift/BIC code: JYSPDK2G
Mark it “Bjerre Mission – Baby Food
Per and I very much appreciate your support.
Love from Mirjam