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Caritas and Malnutrition
Inadequate nutrition has a huge impact on poor and vulnerable people. It damages their health and their chances to succeed in life. Malnutrition – the lack of enough of the right vitamins, minerals and proteins in the right balance – is devastating on the lives of young children. Their physical and mental capacities are reduced or damaged, particularly if they do not have proper nutrition in the first 1000 days of life.
Caritas teaches communities about the importance of eating well and of growing the right foodstuffs. It helps them access nutritious food by changing what they grow and training them to prepare for when disaster strikes. In times of emergency, Caritas programmes provide food distributions and supplementary feeding for the most vulnerable, especially mothers and children.
Caritas updates on malnutrition
Alba Marina and her fellow women farmers are the winners of the "Women, Sowers of Development" award given by Voices of Faith and Caritas Internationalis. In March 2015, Alba Marina traveled to Rome, Italy, to accept the prize on behalf of her community.
On 8 March 2015, International Women’s Day, Caritas Internationalis and the Fidel Goetz Foundation will award two 10,000 euro prizes to honor women who have been “sowers of development,” working to end hunger in their communities.
Between 20 and 24 October, Celam and Caritas organisations from 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will gather in Colombia to discuss "With justice and solidarity, we all fit at the table".