The Alola Foundation in Timor-Leste.
61/2 months Marcolina is fed mashed rice with bananas by her mother Maria as part of a Mother Support Group session where breast feeding mothers with 4 months plus babies learn about food supplements. Maria has bee doing .exclusive breast feeding but has started complimentary feeding. She cooks rice and veggies and beans. .She is a member of mother's support group where they share knowledge. Every month she visits house holds of pregnant women to give advice. Her husband is a farmer, he grows veggies and sell some and feed the family as well. Maria has been trained by Alola, she understands the importance of nutritious food but its her first attendants at this workshop. She has got 4 other children, oldest is 12. .Infant mortality rates are very high in Timor-Leste and one of the reasons for that is poor nutrition. Alola advocate breast feeding till at least two years old and teach women about nutritious supplements such as boiled and mashed rice w vegetables and eggs. Fundasaun Alola is a not for profit non government organization operating in Timor Leste to improve the lives of women and children. Founded in 2001 by the then First Lady, Ms Kirsty Sword Gusmao, the organization seeks to nurture women leaders and advocate for the rights of women.