The 1000 day imperative
Every year 3.5 million children die from malnutrition. Numbers, though, do not always connect with us at a visceral level. Mr. Amir Abdulla, COO of the World Food Program, was moved to tears when he placed the scale of the problem of starvation into context. "The number of children who die because of malnutrition each year is equivalent to a Boeing 747, filled with children, crashing every 20 minutes – every day, every night, throughout the year" he said.
This devastating statistic alone should make us sit up and think more about how NUTRITION (not food, not just feeding but nutrition) plays a vital role in the sustainability
of the results we produce in the lives of the street children and slum families whom we serve.
Nutrition scientists adamantly affirm that a child's mental development is determined in the first 1000 days of life - starting at the point of conception. Therefore, a child's intellectual potential is determined by the age of two. These professionals argue that, by that age, the deficiencies in brain development are irreversible. The overwhelming body of evidence argues that:
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