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After the sessions, the participants were delighted to gain knowledge about right and efficient nutritional practices to enhance their children’s health. The crisis may have pressured people to discard certain nutrients and practices that are key for their kids’ development due to high prices of products, so we shared information about healthy approaches that could maintain their children’s health even with the current harsh conditions.
“I’m not able to eat the amount and type of food needed because I must think of my children and my grandsons and granddaughters before myself. When an old lady raises small kids, she does not accept that their mother will not be able to afford something they ask for or need. When they need or want anything, I even go begging in the street just to try to afford it”, Lamis worries.
She is a 67-year-old Lebanese widow who recently lost her job as a cleaner in a clinic due to her advanced age. Her daughter works all day long for an insufficient salary and Lamis is the only one able to take care of her four children.
Considering the extremely dramatic economic situation and the consequent loss of income as well as an unprecedent increase in the prices of all products or services, many people like Lamis resort to any source of food, trying to overcome hunger with any cheap product that gives a feeling of satiation without taking into consideration their safety or nutritional value.
The multi-purpose cash assistance improves food security of the households by allowing them to access to fresh, nutritious food, allowing vulnerable households to restore a piece of the balance while the economy seems to keep plummeting.
“Thanks to Action Against Hunger for giving us this support, says Lamis. “When I receive the cash, 100% of the money is for food, I go buy milk for the kids and different food items”.
We are supporting the most vulnerable families by ensuring the coverage of some of the most basic needs such as food, infant baby formula, and hygiene items while raising awareness to enhance their daily practices and support them to obtain resilience and maintain dignified living conditions by themselves. However, there are still needs such as rent payment, winter clothing, psychosocial support or education which must be taken into consideration in further aid programmes in order to guarantee a decent life for all citizens residing in Lebanon.
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