Poor nutrition is widespread among Cambodia’s rural poor, particularly in young children and pregnant and nursing women. It is estimated that almost 40% of rural children suffer from stunted growth due to malnutrition and around 14% of rural women of reproductive age are underweight*. Anaemia and vitamin deficiencies are a cause of serious health issues across the country.
Many rural Cambodian families subsist on a diet of rice to which they add a small amount of protein or vegetables. While rice may provide the energy needed to get through the day, most rural families do not consume enough meat and vegetables to receive the necessary minerals and vitamins to stay healthy. Poor health leads to greater susceptibility to illness, which in turn leads to inability to work and increased medical expenses, all of which increase the financial pressure on already struggling families. This can be a devastating cycle.
Working within the community, BBFF frequently comes across families who are struggling to meet their daily needs. It is not uncommon for the main meal to be rice with fish sauce or a rice porridge (essentially rice and water) flavoured with a condiment of some kind. Whilst we work to provide sustainable solutions rather than just welfare, at times urgent assistance is needed to get a family by.
With this in mind, BBFF has designed a nutrition hamper program which combines some immediate food relief with a longer term plan for families who are struggling. Our special nutrition hamper contains a selection of produce, condiments and herbs for a few days’ immediate relief together with a vegetable seed kit and tools, for the family to start a small home garden to grow their own food. With some general guidance on growing vegetables, making compost and eating healthily, we aim to empower struggling families to improve food sustainability and bring nutritional diversity into their diet.
Our program aims to give families the means to start a vegetable garden around their home in which they can grow a mix of nutritional herbs and vegetables that will supplement their diet, whilst also ensuring that a family has enough food to eat for a few days.
*Figures from Demographic Health Survey, Cambodia (2014)
Make a difference to the wellbeing of a family in poverty with a Nutrition Hamper...
Our Nutrition Hamper provides a family with:
a selection of fresh produce, condiments and herbs to make nutritional meals,
BBFF's Nutrition Hampers help families needing food relief and work to empower them to take control of their health and wellbeing through sustainable and nutritious food options.
$50 AUD will purchase a Nutrition Hamper for a family
This is an important program that has the potential to make a considerable difference to the health and wellbeing of families and children suffering from malnutrition. If you would like to help us build a brighter future for the impoverished families in our communities, please donate to this important program by clicking on the 'Donate' button above. Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible in Australia.
Donations can be made via GiveNow or Paypal. If using our GiveNow facility, please note 'Food Hamper' as the reference and we will allocate your funds accordingly. Our PayPal facility automatically notes the project reference.
Give food relief to a family in need whilst providing a plan for sustainable and nutritious food going forward. Your gift will help to build the health and wellbeing of all family members and ensure the children stay strong to attend school and receive an education that can change their lives …
a vegetable seed kit and tools to begin their own small home garden, and
via GiveNow or PayPal
guidance on growing vegetables, making compost and eating healthily
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