More water, improved hygiene, better nutrition
Children are still particularly at risk and in the project area, the Torit region in the south of the country, they are seriously affected by malnutrition and lack of access to water and hygiene. That is why Caritas’ focus is on children.
Caritas repairs no longer functioning water hand pumps and installs new solar pumps. In schools, it repairs and extends toilet and drinking water facilities. Hygiene training is integrated in the school curriculum so that the children learn how to prevent sickness with good hand hygiene.
In order to combat malnutrition in children, volunteers regularly visit young children and record signs of malnutrition. They admit children with severe acute malnutrition to hospital or take other steps to ensure that the children get the appropriate treatment. Young children affected by moderate acute malnutrition are helped with dietary supplements.
Caritas supports mothers in creating vegetable gardens and distributes seedlings. The mothers learn to plant and harvest vitamin-rich vegetable varieties, prepare them correctly and give their children healthy food. To give the children direct experience about sustainable cultivation methods and knowledge about nutrition, gardens are created in 14 schools and coniferous and fruit trees are planted.