SPOON has recently been awarded a multi-year grant to expand our programming. In 2012, SPOON’s expert team will travel to Vietnam to assess the feeding and nutrition needs in orphanages throughout Vietnam. We will then work to develop a series of culturally-sensitive training tools to help caregivers better understand and meet the most critical feeding and nutrition needs of young orphaned children. These breakthrough training tools will be distributed through a new global website that SPOON has been tasked to create, as well as through in-person trainings throughout the country. Results will be used to advocate for systemic change in orphanages that will protect countless little lives.
As our assessment and curriculum development work in Vietnam rolls out, we will update the information here.
We are grateful for the grant funding for this important work, which comes to SPOON through Joint Council on International Children's Services (our partners on AdoptionNutrition.org). Joint Council was recently selected by the Mead Johnson Nutrition Foundation to administer "A Child's Best Start" - the company's social responsibility program aimed at improving nutrition for children living without permanent parental care. This program is designed to reach numerous countries worldwide, and we are humbled by the chance to help so many deserving children living without families to call their own.