Next stop on Jessy Lai’s Charity Honeymoon Trip is an early childhood development project in collaboration with UNICEF. Vietnam and Philippines are the first two countries to receive help under this initiative. Lai has landed in Philippines on 19 April to visit poverty-stricken areas, commencing the early childhood development plan.
Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai has a track record of aiding the underserved, having donated in countless charity events locally and internationally. She also frequently visits rural areas lacking in basic sanitation and education, and learned that many children are malnourished due to the lack of health education among parents.
So when UNICEF proposed a collaboration with Jessy Lai’s charity team, Lai immediately agreed to help.
“The SJC 1000 Days Programme is a very meaningful project. Many parents are still unaware of that a child’s first 1000 days after birth are most critical to their growth. Malnutrition at this stage can cause stunted growth, affecting the healthy development of a child’s physical and brain development. As a result, these kids aren’t able to reach their full potential, and are susceptible to learning difficulties and lower incomes in future.”
To launch this project, Lai and UNICEF visited a family with children facing malnutrition in the Philippines.
After understanding the family situation of affected child Jomar Belhera, Lai found that Jomar, 2 years and 4 months old, is the 6th child of Jelyn and Marlon Belhera. The child suffers from malnutrition due to poor finances in the family and the lack of health awareness. UNICEF has listed this as a special case, and will follow up on the progress of Jomar in order to help him in a sustainable way.
Later, Lai and UNICEF attended a promotional event for Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) to highlight the benefits of breastfeeding to public.
Many parents don’t know the benefits of breastfeeding. A mother’s breast milk contains all the nutrients needed by a child in their first year, giving babies stronger immunity and better brain development. Hence breastfeeding plays a big role in the SJC 1000 Days Programme, and Lai’s attendance at the event was precisely to educate parents about this.
After the event, Lai and the UNICEF team met Dr. Anthony Calibo, OIC of the Child Health Division, Family Health Office of Philippines to discuss promotional strategies for the SJC 1000 Days Programme. In time, this should raise awareness about early childhood healthcare in Philippines.
That sums up Jessy Lai’s Charity Honeymoon Trip in the Philippines. Next, Lai will be visiting Vietnam to continue promoting the SJC 1000 Days Programme.
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《彩云慈善蜜月之旅》接下来的行程是与大马UNICEF联手推动儿童早期综合发展计划,而越南与菲律宾被选为首两站援助国家,配合该计划,拿督斯里赖彩云在4月19日飞抵菲律宾展开“关爱贫穷区孩童身心发展”探访行程。
拿督斯里赖彩云长期关注弱势群体,曾无数次参与国内外大大小小的慈善活动,多次造访一些生活条件较为匮乏、卫生条件与教育水平相对较低的偏远乡村,她发现许多偏远乡村的家长因健康育儿知识不足,导致家中小孩患有营养不良的症状。
这一次UNICEF联系拿督斯里赖彩云慈善团队表达合作心声,向来关注儿童健康与教育发展的拿督斯里赖彩云二话不说就答应了该项合作计划。
“1000天儿童早期综合发展项目”是一项非常具有意义的计划,因为许多家长并未意识儿童生命早期的1000天是至关重要的时刻,若患上慢性营养不良会导致生长迟滞,进而影响儿童的身体和大脑发育,儿童将无法发挥全部潜能,其直接的结果就是学习表现不佳、未来收入较低。
为了协助UNICEF推广这项计划,拿督斯里赖彩云抵达菲律宾后,在UNICEF执行团队的陪同下,探访了一个拥有营养不良小孩的家庭。
拿督斯里赖彩云深入了解患病儿童Jomar Belhera 的家庭状况后得知,现年2岁4个月的Jomar Belhera 是Jelyn与Marlon Belhera的第6个孩子,因为家庭环境困苦以及健康育儿知识不足而导致小孩发生营养不良的状况。为了持续帮助Jomar Belhera,UNICEF特将Jomar Belhera列为关注案例,日后将定期追踪他的健康状况。
接下来,拿督斯里赖彩云与UNICEF参与了一项婴幼儿喂养(Infant and young child feeding,IYCF)推广活动,与UNICEF携手向普罗大众推广哺乳的益处。
许多家长并不知道哺乳拥有许多好处,例如母乳中所含的营养素具有宝宝出生后第一年所需的所有营养,这些营养素能增强宝宝抵抗力以及促进新生儿脑部发育等等。 UNICEF“1000天儿童早期综合发展项目”中,哺乳就扮演一个至关重要的角色,拿督斯里赖彩云参与此展的目的就是协助灌输家长们相关的知识。
活动结束后,拿督斯里赖彩云随同UNICEF团队会见了菲律宾儿童保健与家庭健康部门(Child Health Division, Family Health Office)主任Dr. Anthony Calibo,商讨如何全面性的向菲律宾民众推广“1000天儿童早期综合发展项目”的对策,希望能提高菲律宾民众对于儿童健康的关注。
《彩云蜜月慈善之旅》菲律宾站已经告一段落,接下来,拿督斯里赖彩云将探访越南,继续与UNICEF联手推动“1000天儿童早期综合发展项目”。
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