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Well Mothers, Well Babies- Mayan Families' Nutrition Program in Guatemala

Goal: $7,000
  $25 raised
Almost half of all Guatemalan children under the age of 5 are malnourished - the 4th highest chronic malnutrition rate in the world. The Indigenous communities that we serve are disproportionately affected by malnutrition, where up to 80% of children under five may be chronically malnourished. The detrimental short and long term effects of malnutrition are clearly documented, putting these children at higher risk for disease and early death. Additionally, young girls who are malnourished continue the cycle of malnutrition when they grow up and have children, as they give birth to small babies.

Guatemalan families in rural communities may invest up to 70% of their income in order to eat. Still, many families are unable to provide adequate nutrition for their children.

Our program provides life-saving nutritional supplementation to children under three who are severely malnourished & are not receiving enough nutrients through breastfeeding and their diet alone.

Impact of Your Donation

The children in our program receive appropriate nutritional supplementation and are monitored and evaluated monthly. Mothers of these children also attend health and hygiene workshops which provide information to improve and maintain their child?s health during and after participation in our program. Additionally, these women will receive information on maternal health and prenatal nutrition in an effort to break the cycle of malnutrition and prevent future children from becoming malnourished

Focus Areas: Children, Health, Poverty Countries Served: Guatemala

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