An adequate well-balanced diet is the bedrock of child survival, health and development. Well-nourished children are more likely to be healthy, productive, and ready to learn. Undernutrition, by the same logic, is devastating. It blunts the intellect, saps productivity, and perpetuates poverty.
- Afghanistan has one of the world’s highest rates of stunting in children under five – 41%.
- One in three adolescent girls suffers from anaemia.
- Only half of Afghan babies are exclusively breastfed in their first six months.
- Only 12% of Afghan children aged 6-24 months receive the right variety of food in the quantity needed for their age.
(Source: UNICEF Afghanistan)
A country’s development needs brainpower & children need nourishment to feed the future.
Despite impressive improvements in the past decade, Afghanistan’s health system still faces a number of challenges. Some cultural practices and preferences related to food limit the potential development of the next generation of Afghanistan leaders. Knowledge of good diets remains limited. Aschiana supports the community in providing nutrition to the children. During the COVID-19 lockdown in Afghanistan, many people had lost their livelihood and their own means to earn. Aschiana Organisation provide dry ration and nutrition support to more than 4,500 families during the pandemic.
As our regular program, every day we provide one meal a day to around 1,030 children in Kabul, Afghanistan.