A key part of the 1000 Day Journey is the Community Facilitators who are hired and equipped to share knowledge about nutrition, and about women’s sexual reproductive health and rights. This can be very liberating and life-giving. It can also be a challenge when families are not supportive.  

Ajmira Akter

Community Facilitator

26 years old

9-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter

KC: Why did you become a community facilitator?

It is so interesting when a mother’s pregnant and lactating. I want mothers and children to be happy as much as possible.

KC: What have you learned?

This is the first job in my life. I first learned how to change myself and my family. My children would go to the washroom, but wouldn’t wash their hands after. Now, my daughter is so trained that, even when no one is watching, she’ll wash her hands with soap!

KC: What challenges have you faced being a community facilitator? 

My family doesn’t support me in doing this job. This is my family’s problem.

KC: What do you know now that you wish you knew when you had your first child?

I’ve come to know that if a mother knows a lot but if she’s not supported by her family members, the knowledge is pointless. The main thing is to keep the baby safe, and myself safe. I’m doing my best to do that.

 

KC: What’s your favourite success story from a mom in this program?

I love seeing pregnant women change their attitude and practices around good processes and getting health care. I love seeing mothers teaching other mothers in the community.

KC: If you could teach Canadian mothers about caring for your baby, what would you teach?

I’d teach about personal hygiene, especially handwashing practices. Extra food for pregnant women as well. If a woman is pregnant, she should have 5 meals a day, for herself and her baby. After delivery, during lactating period, she should also be having extra food and maintaining all the nutritional elements.

KC: What’s your hope for this community?

I dream of the mortality rate to decrease.