Stories of Change

Su and Ve with their son.

CWS efforts in Vietnam positively impacted 40,036 people in 69 communities this year.

Source: CWS Annual Report 2017

Young parents in Vietnam learn how to better care for their infant’s health

Like many other Mong men, Khang A Su, married quite early. He is just 20 years old, and his wife, Vu Thi Ve, is only 18. They live in the village of Noong Thang, Vietnam, which is a little more than four miles along the pathway from their commune center.

Su and Ve have an eight-month-old son. Unfortunately, they did not know the best ways to nurse and ween him. They relied on traditional experience from Su’s mother instead.

Somehow, though, the couple knew that their son was too tiny and that they needed help. So, when Lo Thi Anh, the village nurse, told them about a CWS-sponsored community event about nutrition, they decided to join. Su and Ve both found the meeting interesting and informative. They learned about proper breastfeeding, weaning and – importantly – signs of malnutrition.

The nutrition event included a cooking demonstration, so the couple now knows about how to make nutritious (and delicious!) soups from local foods.

After the education session, Su told our team, “My son is already old enough to have additional food! This information is so useful, and we will make use of new knowledge, and give him the right foods, immediately.”