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Cipla Foundation – Why the first 1000 days of a child’s life are so important

Cipla Foundation SA Making a difference in the first 1000 days of a child’s life

Making a difference in the first 1000 days of a child’s life. Cipla Foundations supports organisations doing this important work in South Africa

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Childcare is of growing concern to communities worlwide. Today we question why the first 1000 days of a child’s life are so important.

It has repeatedly been proven, how much of a difference the first 1000 days of a child’s life can make to their future. We cannot underestimate how childcare today affects youth and adults tomorrow.

The level of love, childcare, physical touch and nutrition that a child gets early in life can set them up for a better life later on. 1000 days is counted from the time the baby grows in his mother’s womb to the time they turn two years of age. According to Unicef’s 1000 days research, it all starts when the mother is pregnant.  If she does not get the right level of nutrition, this could affect her baby who is then at risk of being born malnourished and with potential brain damage.
From the date of birth to six months of age, their bodies grow and the brain doubles in size, requiring proper nutrition. From six months to two years of age, other functions need to develop such as speech, walking and further abilities required in adulthood.

Malnourished babies do not reach all the important milestones. The lack of proper nutrition can impact their physical, emotional and intellectual growth – this means they never reach their full potential.

What can be done to ensure the first 1000 days are beneficial?

The CiplaFoundation SA believes in helping children to reach their potential by ensuring they receive the best childcare in the first two years of their lives. They work with civic organisations and individuals who care about the plight of the children and work hard within their communities to create an environment that nourishes children.

Recently @CiplaFoundSA invited us to meet an amazing woman, Mama Martha, from Gugulethu, who is one such tireless, loving advocate for children.  Mama Martha runs a school in the heart of the township; it provides a safe and caring environment for 187 children in the surrounding area.  The children are given a safe, beautiful environment to spend the day, enjoying two meals per day and an education that stimulates their brains at their young age.

mama martha caring for childre. Making a difference in the first 1000 days of a child’s life. Cipla Foundation SA. A good life for the chidlren
Today we choose to support Mama Martha and others like here in ensuring that children everywhere receive the best start to life in terms of nutrition, education, safety, love and nurturing.

Heroes like Mama Martha cannot work alone. They require the help of each one of us.

So we ask that you support the Cipla Foundation SA’s #NotAskingForAnything campaign. This campaign supports initiatives such as the AJUGA project, which aims to provide all children with access to education through Early Childhood Development Centre infrastructures.

How you can help?

Read about these initiatives at https://goo.gl/gu7OCn and donate to the worthy causes that speak most to you.   Share the stories on social media and get more of your friends to also lend a hand in the progress of childcare in South Africa.

Like Mama Martha, we are #NotAskingForAnything for ourselves, but for the children who are the future of the world.
Making a difference in the first 1000 days of a child’s life. Cipla Foundation SA. A good life for the chidlren

We will be sharing more news about these amazing initiatives in the future. How else can we improve the state of childcare in our communities? Do you know of any organisations doing great work? Salute them in the comments below.

Take care and support others.

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