The National League for Democracy (NLD) in Taungup in Arakan State has launched a feeding program for local children who are suffering from malnourishment after it recently opened its office in the town.
The party started the program on the 4th of March feeding milk porridge to nearly 500 malnourished children in its office in U Oattama Road in Guetar Ward in Taungup.
U Khin Hla, the regional secretary of the NLD in Arakan State, said they would feed children under five years old who are malnourished twice a month in their office.
“Most of the children especially those who are living in the outskirts of the town are suffering from malnutrition because their parents are very poor and unable to feed them properly. That is why we have planned to feed those children a supplementary nutrition twice a month in our office”, said U Khin Hla.
He said his party has also managed transportation for the children and their parents to come for the supplementary feeding in its office.
According to him, the party has run the feeding program with the funds that are raised from selling posters, journals and t-shirts of the party and from local well-wishers and is also planning to donate medicine to the poor families and books to the public libraries in the rural villages near the town.
The NLD opened its office in Taungup on 22 February 2012 and has done so with the similar offices in Rambree, Thandwe, Man Aung, Kyaukpru and Sittwe in Arakan State as well. It is learnt that the party is also planning to open its regional head office in Sittwe on March 25 and its area offices in the remaining township of Pauktaw, Rathedaung, Buthidaung, Maungdaw and Gwa in Arakan State.