• Lima
  • Area: Health and nutrition, Humanitarian aid

Balanced food for a protected home

Lisa * is a 33 years old mother who came to Peru 3 years ago with her two daughters, Melanny * (12) and Gabriela * (6). After a 5-day trip, she reunited with her husband to start a new life. Upon arriving in Peru, Lisa and her husband had one more child: Alvaro *, who is now two.

I have met many good Peruvian people who have helped me.

Lisa* has participated in online information sessions on Infant and young child feeding (IYCF), within the framework of the project “Assistance for the well-being and inclusion of migrant and refugee families in Peru”, implemented by Save the Children in Peru, with the support of BHA / USAID as part of its humanitarian response to the Venezuelan migration crisis. In addition to receiving recommendations to improve her children’s diet, Lisa won an award for continuing to put these tips into practice.

During the almost two-hour meeting, I have received very good information on how to feed six-months-old children. I already knew that I should breastfeed children until they are two years old. I was successful with Melanny* and Gabriela*, but I couldn’t with Alvaro*, my youngest son, because I was hospitalized and only breastfed him until he was 9 months old. Anyway, the advice on diet has also helped me a lot.

What Gina* values ​​the most about the IYCF online sessions is having discovered very nutritious foods in Peru, such as ‘sangrecita’, beans and chicken liver.

In Venezuela we don’t eat ‘sangrecita’ (chicken’s blood saussage) and here I learned that it is very good for increasing hemoglobin. Álvaro* was low on hemoglobin; so I was feeding it with ‘sangrecita’ and beans. At his last appointment with the doctor his hemoglobin has gone up a bit, he has even gained weight.

For this information, and for the cash transfer that allowed me to pay my rent and food, I am very grateful to the organization.

Gina* is one of nearly 2,000 Peruvian and Venezuelan parents and caregivers who participate in the online sessions on Infant and young child feeding (IYCF). Of these, 56 have received these awards.

About the project

The project “Assistance for the well-being and inclusion of migrant and refugee families in Peru” aims to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable and at-risk Venezuelan migrants in Peru, to cover their basic needs and promote their inclusion in the local economy and society. Our project seeks to reach 26,214 Venezuelan migrants and refugees at risk.

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