A Healthier Future Through the NNCC
Hamidah lives with her three children in Tanjung Baru, a farming village in OKI, South Sumatra. Before the NNCC program, Hamidah and mothers like her would go to the local posyandu to immunize and weigh their children. But now they have a new source of life saving information.
“Things are different now because there are mother classes and this makes me love going to the posyandu even more. The cadres teach us so much about healthy food as well as the importance of exercise,” said Hamidah.
Together with other mothers, Hamidah also learns all about the importance of staying healthy during pregnancy, how to take care of and feed her baby and avoid infectious diseases. She also learns about myths that can often harm a mother and her child and about the importance of making sure her baby has a birth certificate.
Despite the one kilometer walk she has to make to get to these classes, she attends every month. Hamidah says she loves the interactive activities such as pregnancy exercises, quizzes, cooking demonstrations and competitions, and even planting vegetables. Hamidah says her favorite activity always involves cooking.
“I learned so much from these classes, especially about how most instant baby food contains a lot of preservatives. Now I can make use of so many local ingredients like fish and eel. They taste just as good, if not better,” she said. “I somehow feel like a chef now, so that’s nice.”
Hamidah says she and her friends now understand why it is so important to monitor their children’s growth and to pay close attention to nutrition.
“Children are a gift from God. It’s my duty to keep them healthy,” said Hamidah.