Shining Eyes India intertwines different spheres of action: (health, agriculture, nutrition) in order to achieve a self-sufficient and healthy life for every Santal family. The focus is on the most vulnerable ones: newborns, infants, pregnant and lactating women.
“We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the foundation of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer “Tomorrow”. His name is “Today”. Gabriela Mistral, 1948
The St. Mary´s Child and Mother Health Care Centre operates as an interface between village site and city region starting in the village by screening for malnourished, anemic, infectious and neurological patients, pregnant women, or TB suspected individuals. Needy individuals are admitted for preventive checkups, diagnostic and treatment and if necessary are fully guided to specialized health facilities with subsequent monitoring to assure full recovery.
We train health workers and social worker who are closely linked to the community to provide awareness in relevant health topics and continuous support to villagers.
We guide the establishment of kitchen gardens for all Santal families, we promote crop-rotation, and cultivation of Moringa oleifera and Amaranthus tricolor as key plants for achieving dietary diversity and enriching community-feeding interventions.
We provide interactive awareness trainings in topics like breastfeeding, complementary feeding, healthy family diet, hygiene, how to recognize sickness in the child, how to prevent TB to spread, family planning and agricultural aspects. Further we do active cooking sessions inside the household and provide community-based feeding programs.
Step by step we want to change food habits, improve hygiene habits and stabilize the health of children and mothers.
AWARENESS is the key to sustainability
Interactive mother trainings at household level and teaching sessions in a variety of health and nutrition related topics directly inside the community are at the core of this development work. Mothers learn how to prepare healthy food for their malnourished or anemic child. Further teaching sessions are offered to health workers, inpatient women, and surrounding villages directly in the preventive health care centre.
Shining Eyes India embraces three main pillars of action:
health (to provide medical care and diagnostic to the Santals),
nutrition (to raise awareness for the importance of balanced nutrition in order to break the intergenerational circle of malnutrition and poverty), agriculture (to help every family to establish a kitchen garden with a variety of vegetables and fruits, further to start crop-rotation to increase dietary diversity).
These three main pillars are complemented by water, sanitation and hygiene activities (construction of community washing houses and tube wells) and income generating activities.
We are looking forward to exchanging experiences with other projects and institutions related to health and nutrition.
Pediatric doctors and gynecologists as well as other medical specialists are kindly invited to collaborate with us.