Nutrition

 It is especially important for the Foundation to strengthen the nutrition of the 120 children and young people who attend the Zuá Foundation daily. We want to give children information about good nutrition and train the head-of-household mothers on nutrition issues, with the aim of encouraging a change in behavior in this regard.

 

This has been the Foundation's core program over the years. Our long experience confirms the direct relationship between malnutrition, poverty, and delayed child development. When they are not well nourished, children not only do not perform well, but they also do not often or regularly attend the Foundation or the school. Once they eat well, they attend, can be challenged, and they can work hard. Inadequate nutrition causes negative and lasting impacts on the lives of children and young people, which is a clear violation of their right to good nutrition, and fundamental to the enjoyment of all rights.

In addition, the unhealthy environments in which they live cause them permanent and irreversible developmental alterations that forever hinder success in their lives. Therefore, if we want efforts in all the Foundation's programs to be fully rewarded, the first thing to address is the nutrition of children and young people.

 

 

Focusing on food does not just mean serving balanced food. It also has to do with the habits that are created at home, with the way the mothers feed or stop feeding their children, and the way children themselves understand the meaning of good nutrition. It also has to do with the knowledge that mothers have regarding the preparation of food so that they can give balanced and tasty meals to their children.

It is essential to emphasize the importance of hygiene and safety conditions, the correct handling of food, the proper management of resources, the daily checking of the utensils and the utilities required by this activity, done normally by two or three mothers who, working as volunteers, take turns every day to prepare food. While a great effort has been made to improve this service, there is still a need to involve the entire population and create a sustainable tradition for the Foundation, the children and young people, and especially for the head-of-household mothers.