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Plan International commented on BEST (Better parenting Education to reduce STunting)

Dear Andrianto,

Thank you very much for your kind words. We have also envisioned similar scenario and could not wait to apply our innovation strategy into the US context. Considering the technology ease of use, through our new parenting platform, this idea is very adaptive and as you have mentioned, could readily be modified to meet the needs of wider audiences.

Many thanks and warm regards,
Plan International

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Plan International commented on BEST (Better parenting Education to reduce STunting)

Dear Iliriana,

First of all, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May this incredible time of giving and spending time with family bring you joy that lasts throughout the year.

Thank you very much for the kind support. Apologies for the delayed response, it was rather hard to ensemble our team since most of us are on leave during the holiday season.

To begin with I would like to inform you that Plan International is familiar with most of UNICEF’s ECD Resource Pack. We could further highlight our strength and expertise in developing and implementing myriad successful ECD modules such as preventing maternal & child death; improving children health and nutrition; building parenting skills, confidence and stronger connections with community; parenting for change; inclusive ECD for all; high-quality early education; and etc, globally. Having said that, we are trying to express that while our pilot idea is localized into Indonesian context, we are fully aware that our solutions should be able to be implemented in the United States in the first place.

Referring to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Household Food Security in the United States in 2016, almost 41.2 million people or 1 in 7 Americans are struggling with hunger, facing times when there is not enough money to buy food. Furthermore, more than 12.9 million kids or 1 in 6 children are stated not to have consistent access to nutritious food. While food insecurity is strongly associated with income, nearly 2 in 5 households that reported inconsistent access to food also proven to have annual incomes below the federal poverty line. With more than 40.6 million people or 1 in 8 Americans live in poverty and struggling to make ends meet, report on food hardship or inability to afford adequate food and sufficient nutrition are often seen in routine.

We envision to have our new parenting platform to address crucial need for holistic ECD approach in the State. Using similar formatting with our pilot idea, we are planning to have a personalized, user-friendly, fun, interactive, engaging, and impactful new parenting platform where these parents will no longer need to rely on the myriad parenting modules and information available as they will be able to directly acquire customized and relevant information in a timely manner. This idea would be highly adaptive and contextual since parenting content will include simulated real-life scenarios that draw from existing holistic and integrated ECD parenting needs within the area. In the context of Colorado, we would aim to provide module that could address nutrition problem (malnutrition and obesity) and balanced nutrition intake in children below the age of 3.

Should our solution and vision to implement within the State context may interest you, please feel free to contact us and acquire more details.

Many thanks and warm regards,
Plan International