In Nepal, the nutritional status of mothers and children under five is extremely poor. For children, anthropometric deficits vary with the ecological zone, in that stunting and underweight are more prevalent in the Mountains and Hills. Over the last 20 years, no improvement has been observed in the nutritional status of children.
Nepalese women are highly affected by malnutrition, especially in non-mountainous regions. In Nepal, food shortages due to seasonality contribute to malnutrition. Through maternal anthropometric status, seasonality affects birth weight, and seasonality continues to affect growth throughout childhood. Poor growth rates during the “hungry season” increase the deficits compared to international reference data.
The low consumption of fruit and fresh vegetables, which is highly dependent on local seasonal availability, contributes to nutritional disorders such as deficiencies in iron and vitamin A. Nutritional disorders including iodine deficiency are more prevalent in isolated and inaccessible hill and mountain districts in which local food availability is synonymous with local production. Unfortunately, since no recent nation-wide food consumption surveys are available, information on the adequacy of present food consumption cannot be given. Food consumption is just one of the multiple factors which interact and have an impact on the nutritional status of the overall population. Other important influences include morbidity, poor coverage of health infrastructures and socio-economic factors.
In the last 30 years, although the basic health services have expanded in Nepal, coverage still remains limited. A large number of infectious diseases such as respiratory and intestinal infections and malaria remain among the main causes of morbidity and mortality in Nepal, especially in the most populated regions.
Referring to the above introduction, we started to change some food habits toward a positive direction in our school to help the students have more healthy foods, but to achieve this we still need help both financially or direct supply of the foods and fresh vegetables and fruits to school.
We have set a month goal for transferring 2000US$ aid funds to the school. It will happen only if you decide to give me a hand here! Any contribution made is welcomed and going to help a lot.
Costs of Feeding A Child in Nepal
|2 $||Feeding a boy / 3 Days|
|20 $||Feeding a boy / Month|
|250 $||Feeding a boy for the entire year|
30 us$ is the cost for one-day food for the whole gumba
If you don’t have extra cash … it’s OK, just spread the word, tell and share that we help a small community school in Sundarijal, Nepal to survive. We aim to provide adequate food, shelter and good education to all its 30 amazing boys studying here under supervision of their Guru Pema Lama
We appreciate any help.