"There is no mother, no matter how poor, who would resign herself to an increasingly stunted child. But it was only when Hieu, my youngest child, was nearly two that I had hope of changing her malnutrition," says Huong, 36, a mother of three in Vietnam.
“Hieu looked like a tiny bottle when she was born. She weighed two-and-a-half kilos, underweight by half a kilo,” she adds.
Huong's family struggled to feed themselves and their children. They did not have their own land to grow food. Instead, they worked as hired hands for other people.
When Hieu was born, the rainy season had just begun. It meant that they would not have enough work. The earthen jar in the kitchen only had about a handful of rice left and once again, Huong and her husband had to borrow rice so that their family could eat.
On top of that, the new school year was coming up and Huong's two sons would be needing books and pens that they could not afford.
When their plight came to the attention of World Vision, a nutrition club was formed so that Huong's family and others like them can access nutritious meals and receive support in vegetable gardening and more.
Huong also received a breeding cow to improve her family's livelihood, which they share with another vulnerable family.
"If my family hadn’t received support from World Vision, my husband and I would still be struggling in other’s farmland,” Huong shares.
"Rearing cows now becomes our livelihood. Cows provide money for my family and our children’s education. Hieu has escaped malnutrition since I’ve applied the learning from our nutrition club. She will enter Grade 1 for the coming new school year. My child has grown healthy from our community nutrition club,” Huong says with a smile.