"I am a mother of 4 kids, including 3 girls. I used to breastfeed all of them, but sometimes I did not have enough breast milk and I had to buy some cow’s milk from the market in order to supplement their diet. I belong to the Leu ethnic group and during the postpartum period we traditionally have to observe food taboos: I was allowed to eat only ginger soup with salt and rice. Meat, vegetables and fruits were forbidden during a period of 2 or 3 months. I was feeling weak. I could see that my babies were not growing strong and were often sick, I realize now that they were probably suffering from dietary deficiencies.
"Before the project, the situation in the village was quite difficult. We had no water supply in the village. We used to spend a lot of time-and especially women, to collect water into the mountains. It was exhausting. So sometimes we used to drink un-potable water collected directly from the river. There were no latrines in the village and we had to defecate in the forest. We used to eat unclean food as raw meat, duck raw blood and uncooked vegetables for example. We did not use mosquito nets.
"Thanks to the project, my community‘s living conditions have really improved. Now we have built water supply and latrines in the village. We have better knowledge on hygiene and health. All my family’s members are healthy, we do not suffer from stomach ache anymore.
"I have also participated to the nutrition trainings organized by the CCL and now I am able to provide advices to my children. In 2016, my daughter Nang Sengda got married, she was 21 years old. Shortly after, she gave birth to a 2.9 Kg baby. I recommend her to unobserve the food taboos as we traditionally used to. I urge her to eat meat, fishes and fruit in order to have enough and rich breast milk for her baby. My daughter followed my recommendation during the postpartum period, my grandson is now 9 months old and he is growing strong and healthy! Her mother keeps on breastfeeding him, he is never sick!"