Breastfeeding is a Natural “Safety Net”
Breastfeeding is a fight to alleviate poverty. It takes the infant out of poverty for those first few months in order to give the child a fairer start in life.
Unfortunately, living in poverty forced these mothers to feed their babies with diluted
condensed milk or tea to survive.
This leads to irreversible stuntedness among poor children.
Stuntedness in Children Causes Learning Difficulties
Breastfeeding is vital for a newborn. It is their first source of nutrition and natural
immunity that enhances optimal brain and physical development.
Many established studies suggest that childhood undernutrition, marked by
stunting, is connected with age-long reduction in cognitive and physical
Early intervention is crucial as it will directly impact their future in learning abilities and career development competencies.
Poor Moms Struggle to Breastfeed
Along with the lack of education and awareness, financially vulnerable mothers struggle significantly to breastfeed. They need continuous support from family, breastfeeding counsellors and society at large.
Alarmingly, 2 out of 5 children are stunted in Malaysia. However, the efforts to cut the number of stunted children under five, according to the Global Nutrition Report is worsening.
After the age of 5 years, stuntedness is irreversible. We are running out of time to secure a better future for these children. The best time to start was yesterday, the next best time is now.
HOW ARBA FOUNDATION HELPS
Identify and Qualify
Family in needs, single mothers and low income family.
Provide counsellors to support breastfeeding and nutrition.
Cash assistance for groceries to help mothers have the means to eat right.
Do ARBA Foundation actually deliver formula milks to mothers from low-income families?No, this project is designed to support mothers from low-income household to exclusively breastfeed their babies. Strictly no formula milk or related products are involved in this project.
What is the latest progress of this project?Following the halt imposed by Covid-19 and the Movement Control Order, Projek Susu Ibu operations have now resumed in Kelantan which record the highest cases of stuntedness among children in Malaysia.
Who will decide on the destination and budgets?ARBA Foundation and the families will discuss the appropriate destination and budgets for the trip. We want the families to create long-lasting memories with their children thus the trip will be unique to each families.
Can any underprivilege family applied to be part of this project?No, this project is an extended project after Nadi and Adiwira thus only families that are under Nadi can be part of this project.
Why cash assistance instead of goods?As we communicate regularly with the families under our care, we realise that each family have their own unique struggles and circumstances. Understandably, different family have different preferences, or due to certain sickness, they have a certain diet or food intake to observe. Some, paying rent is the first thing on their list each month, while for others is to obtain certain treatment or medication. The priorities and commitments of each family are different hence we let the family decide how they want to spend their monthly cash assistance based on their priorities. Besides its efficiency, cash assistance also empowers them to take charge and manage their finances better.
What happens if the families don't send their proof of monthly expenditure or updates progress to ARBA Foundation?We will contact them to verify their current situation. If it is for an unacceptable excuse, they will be disqualified from the Nadi project.
How does ARBA Foundation ensures that the cash assistance is appropriately used by the families?First, each family that are accepted for Nadi project are thoroughly verified. On top of that, each family must send proof of their monthly expenses for us to keep track of their spending behaviour, priorities and progress financially. Once we had verified their submission and get updated on their current situation, then only the families will receive the cash assistance for the following month.
Can any children apply to be part of this project?No, as for now this project is an extended program for children from families under Nadi project. This project aims to focus on their educational progress and outcome.
What are the age range of the children involved and the areas of interest that are included?We cater for schooling children. The age varies from 5 to 17 years old. The areas of interest depend on their individual talents and skills. It covers sports, music, arts, sciences, languages, cultures and more.
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