In Myanmar, a quarter of the population lives on less than $1 a day, putting them at risk for malnutrition. COVID-19 and the ongoing humanitarian crisis continue to increase obstacles to health and nutrition. In just a year, the number of people facing food shortages has gone from 800,000 to 13 million. As this number quickly increases, it robs potential from families, particularly women and children.
Helen Keller Intl works to break the cycle of poverty and poor nutrition by partnering with communities to empower families to create lasting change in their own lives. Farming education and tools help women learn to grow nutritious crops and raise poultry and other livestock, providing a varied diet for their children and themselves. Other mothers train as midwives, learning to recognize the signs of poor nutrition and provide support to caregivers, filling an essential gap in the strained healthcare system.
To date, Helen Keller has supported more than 12,000 mothers. That’s more than 12,000 families, who now have the tools to realize their potential. And it doesn’t just stop there. As mothers pass knowledge to their children and community, these practices have the power to strengthen generations to come.
Our global community of compassionate individuals is already making a difference – but there’s more to be done. Help us to continue reaching families in greatest need.