Hunger prevents children from developing. It causes stunting and weakens their immune systems making them more susceptible to diseases. Their ability to grow and learn is permanently damaged, and by the time they are just two years old, the effects of malnutrition are irreversible. That’s why, in Burundi (and, in fact, all of the countries we work in), the aim is to prevent malnutrition in the first place, or at least spot the early signs before it can take hold. And to do this, we target pregnant women and mums with young children. Mums like Clotilde.
Clotilde Ndayisenga is a proud mum of four from Cibitoke, Burundi, pictured here with her second youngest daughter, Ines (five).