World Vision Foundation of Thailand has a vision to support child development with the focus from as early as being in the womb to 6 years-old. We believe this age range is the most significant time for child development, therefore the support in nutrition would bring a positive impact towards learning as they grow older. This week WVFT team from the livelihood development for children, families and communities programme in Mae La Noi district, Mae Hong Son province traveled to visit young children in Mae Tor sub-district and Ta Pa Poom sub-distrcit. They gave eggs and other products away for 62 pre-school children both in child development centres and in schools. The purpose was to enhance child development for young children to grow up healthy through nutrition support.
Pisit Pongpaiwan, Mae Noi La ADP Officer, told that Baan Huay Peung Mai is a village of the Mong tribe. The parents work in agriculture planting with monoculture. Mostly, they plant cabbages and carrots. They do not have enough time to cook foods for their children. Each family would have to wake up early and work at the plant fields and they come home late. As discussed in a meeting, the staff agreed that contributing eggs and other products would solve the nutrition problem. The products that they chose must be able to keep over time as some families do not have refrigerators. Children from families with poverty would receive the support of food products twice a year.
“We contribute food products so that parents would see a good progress in weight and height and livelihood of their children. As a result, parents would see the benefit of preparation for foods and time management for their children,” Pisit Pongpaiwan as a child’s development passionate staff said with hope. “Fathers and mothers of children are poor because of the debts from agriculture loans. Every family must go to the cabbage field very early and come home late. They have no time to prepare foods for their children. After they sell cabbages, they must return their loans immediately. That is the reason why they don’t have money to buy foods for children and family members. These food products are very beneficial for children. They have food to eat at home and these products help them to have a better appetite. They eat more and have their weights increased. I would like to say thank you and wish all sponsors to be happy and healthy,” Jurarat Pukwang, a teacher at Huay Peung Mai Child Development Centre said.