Thoughts from our young girls in primary school. October 5, 2016 - Peru
Marili* age 9 and Melanie* age 11 are two of our girls that live in Casa Teresita, or the primary girls home at NPH Peru. Melanie arrived first in June and then Marili and her younger brother arrived in July. Both have very different backgrounds, but something that they both shared is that before they came to NPH they either had only one or two meals a day.
Marili enjoying her lunch
Together we talked about the importance of nutrition. Marili said it is important so that “we can grow, be healthy and not get sick.” Melanie agreed and also added, “So we don’t suffer from being malnourished, and we also need to drink milk because milk is very important.” On most days milk will be a part of breakfast. It is warmed up, and mixed with a grain such as quinoa or oatmeal. Our kínder house. which currently has nine children from ages three to five, need to drink milk three times a day as reported by our nurse.
Both of the girls had lots of favorite dishes and they just could not pick one. Marili loves spaghetti with meat, chicken, and chocolate cake with strawberries. Melanie also loves chicken and chocolate cake. Melanie said that if she was full and still had leftovers, she could save it for another day or share it with a friend. She specified that she could share, “Only if at least half was eaten because you need your strength.”
Melanie elaborated on the importance on eating healthy and not having too many snacks. She suggested, “fruit salad, salad, vegetables, and juice without sugar.” Every Saturday we have fruit salad that is topped with cereal and yogurt. It is one of projects that our home currently needs support in funding. If you would like more information, please contact our project coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna Hester Communication Officer
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