The April 25 earthquake exacerbated the already widespread problem of malnutrition in rural Nepal. When NYF?s nutrition team surveyed the living conditions in the most affected areas a month after the earthquake, we found many children had not had a proper meal since that fateful day. The children were fed highly processed food provided by relief agencies. As a solution, the NYF is now preparing to open Community Nutrition Kitchens in local primary schools to serve nutritious meals to kids 10 and under. These kitchens will be set up in different communities and will provide mid-day meals that will be similar to those provided in our highly successful Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes (NRHs) across Nepal.
The cooks for the kitchens will be trained at our Kathmandu NRH. Staff will provide trainings on best nutrition practice and family hygiene to mothers of the children who attend these schools as well as other village people on Saturdays and off school hours at the school premises.