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In 2015, 5.9 million babies and toddlers under 5 died from preventable causes. In fact, the majority of children are still dying from disease, lack of nutritio...

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Grace Atieno, age 32, holds her daughter, Hawi Esther at the gate to the family's home. Hawi Esther is healthy due to the antenatal care that her mother, Grace received and also the healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy they practiced before her birth. 

Summary: John Onywoo and his wife, Grace Atieno, have 3 living children. They lost 2 boys to malnutrition. Grace had not been able to care for them very well. Since the family was poor as she had to work gathering reeds from Lake Victoria to make mats to sell, plus all the work of taking care of her family. She had no time to be home to breastfeed the kids who then died. John said that when the boys died people thought it was a result of witchcraft or a curse on the family. 

After children died, a World Vision Community Health Volunteer, Jael Atieno, heard about the family’s suffering and started visiting. Jael told Grace about the healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies and Grace right away agreed. They then approached John, who are first resisted, then agreed to spacing. 
 
Traditional beliefs dictate that families should have as many children as they can. Grace said it’s thought that having a big family is a blessing. But both John and Grace now believe having just a few children is a blessing, as they can feed them. 

John and Grace practiced healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies with their youngest child, Hawi Esther, who was born in 2013. Grace says that Hawi Esther has been healthy unlike her siblings who were sickly. World Vision taught Grace the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, which gives the child good immunity. 

John is an industrious and innovative farmer. After receiving training from World Vision Katito ADP staff, he constructed several fishponds. He also keeps rabbits for sale, has an improved breed of goats for milk, and keeps a kitchen garden all in a small piece of land. 

He raises chicken, turkey, and geese, which he sells for income. John and Grace demonstrate h

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