Rescue a Malnourished Child in Guatemala

 
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Esther is growing and improving every day
Esther is growing and improving every day

Dear friend of Casa Jackson,

In this season of thanks we would like to thank all of our donors, volunteers, supporters and friends for supporting us in the fight against malnutrition in Guatemala. With nearly 50% of all children under the age of 5 being malnourished in Guatemala there is still a lot of work left to do and we couldn’t do it without your support. Thanks to you, we are able to not only provide medical care so that these precious little ones are able to recover from malnutrition but we are also able to teach parents about proper nutrition and hygiene to help prevent future cases of malnutrition as well as provide psychological care to those families who need it. 

Esther and her mother are just one of the many families that we have helped this year. Esther is one year old and is from Escuintla, Guatemala. Her mother was being abused by her father so they separated leaving Esther’s mother to raise the little girl on her own with no economic support from the father. Esther’s mother suffered psychologically from the abuse which caused her to develop a negative attitude towards little Esther. Because of this negativity she no longer fed or took care of Esther as much as she used to causing Esther to become severely malnourished and also causing her to suffer from upper respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis.

Esther was referred to us by a health center in Escuintla and was admitted to Casa Jackson in October where she was diagnosed with severe malnutrition and digestive problems. Over the past month Esther’s health has improved as she gains weight and grows stronger and her mother is also receiving the support that she needs by visiting our psychologist. The two are recovering together, one from malnutrition and the other from the trauma of domestic violence and as the weeks pass both are learning to smile again and are becoming stronger.

Thanks to donors like you we are able to provide quality care to malnourished infants like Esther and hope to their families. Please share this story with your friends and family and consider donating to help us continue this very important work. Every donation, large or small helps us to lower the high rate of malnutrition in Guatemala. Thank you in advance for helping us win the fight against malnutrition.

With gratitude,

Rina Lazo
Director of Casa Jackson

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Alex and Marcos
Alex and Marcos

Having twins can be difficult enough when a family has a great support system and is financially stable but imagine the difficulty of raising twins when you can't find a steady job because of your lack of education. That is exactly the situation that Cindy and her husband found themselves in.

Four months ago Cindy gave birth to twin boys, Marcos and Alex. Because of the family's economic situation Cindy was unable to take prenatal vitamins and other precautions during her pregnancy which resulted in Marcos and Alex having lung problems and developing bronchopneumonia. Because of complications during pregnancy Alex was also born at a much lower birth weight than Marcos, with Alex weighing just 3 pounds and his twin weighing 6 pounds. The twins were treated in the hospital where they were born for bronchopneumonia and then referred to Casa Jackson so that they could be treated for malnutrition as well. Marco and Alex were admitted to Casa Jackson in July and because of their severe malnutrition it will likely take them a few months to reach their ideal weight but so far they have been making great progress. 

Cindy and her husband are very happy that little Marcos and Alex are able to receive such good care at no cost. Besides helping Marcos and Alex recover the Project has also given their 6 year old brother clothes and shoes and has provided the family with food to help cover the many necesities they have at home.

Thanks to your support we are able to help babies like litte Marcos and Alex recover from malnutrition while educating their parents on proper nutrition and hygiene to prevent future incidents. With almost 50% of children under five being malnurished in Guatemala the need is great but thanks to your donations we are winning the battle one case at a time. Please consider continuing your support by making another donation or sending this update to friends and family.

Thanks for your continued support of Casa Jackson!

 

Rina Lazo

Director of Casa Jackson

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Sheili is finally strong enough to eat.
Sheili is finally strong enough to eat.

Dear Friend of Casa Jackson,

Thank you so much for your past donation! We really could not do the important work of helping babies recover from malnutrition without the help of friends like you. I am writing to let you know of another great opportunity for you to help us continue this important work. On Wednesday, June 15th, GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 50% match on all donations up to $110,000! Please consider starting a recurring donation during this period. Your donation will help care for and feed malnourished babies like Sheili as well as provide quality nutritional education for parents.  

Sheili, who is 6 months old, was referred to us by the health center in her hometown of Sumpango after they had treated her for severe malnutrition, repository problems, and lactose intolerance. She was checked-in to Casa Jackson on April 4th, 2016 with severe malnutrition.

Sheili’s mother and father are both from very poor families, where education was not considered as important as working to provide for their families. Therefore, neither of her parents have received a formal education adding to the financial burdens at home as they are both farm hands.  

Sheili’s mother is very thankful for the help that the project is giving to her daughter. Thanks to the Casa Jackson Center for Malnourished Infants Sheili is starting the recovery process and receives the help that she needs to grow big and strong. Her mother also receives the support she needs with meals, therapy and nutritional education.

With almost 50% of children under 5 in Guatemala suffering from malnutrition Sheili’s story is far too familiar. With your help we can fight malnutrition in Guatemala from both ends through both prevention and treatment.

 

Thank you for your continued support of Casa Jackson!

 

Melissa Schroden
Director of Special Opportunities and Donations 
Asociación Nuestros Ahijados de Guatemala, ONG
melissa.schroden@anaguatemala.org

 

P.S. - If you would like to take advantage of the match opportunity please go to our Global Giving page between 9am and midnight on June 15th! Thank you in advance for your support and dedication to our children at Casa Jackson. 

 

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Cesia is now able to rest comfortably.
Cesia is now able to rest comfortably.

 Dear Friends of Casa Jackson,

Thank you so much for your past support! We really could not do the important work of helping these beautiful babies recover from malnutrition without the help of friends and donors like you.  Please allow me to introduce you to a little girl who is fighting to beat malnutrition and muscular dystrophy, here with us at Casa Jackson.

Cesia is eight months old and she is originally from Mataquescuintla community, Jalapa a small town outside of Jalapa. Her family is poor and has very limited resources to provide her or her family members any forms of medical care. Unfortunately Cesia began to suffer from gastrointestinal problems where she lost dramatic amounts of weight forcing her parents to bring her to the National Hospital in San Felipe de Jesus, Antigua Guatemala instead of the hospital in Jalapa due to the severity of her condition and the specialized care available at the National Hospital.

After being admitted to the hospital Cesia and her parents were referred to Casa Jackson specifically because of the child´s low weight. She was officially admitted to Casa Jackson on the 6th of January and had a very thorough exam where it was discovered that part of her weight loss is caused by muscular dystrophy. This is a degenerative disease that causes muscle loss and instability. However, because she is now getting the proper treatment here at Casa Jackson the medical staff is certain that Cesia will be able to recover and have a much better life soon.

During her time here with us she will receive the medication she needs, food, and the appropriate attention of two doctors (one who works at Casa Jackson and the other is an external medical provider paid by the Association to make sure that her muscular dystrophy is well taken care of).  Rehabilitation treatment will be a long process, but because it was detected early we will be able to see her grow, heal, and have a long healthy life ahead.

Cesia’s mother says, “I am so grateful that my daughter has been blessed with the resources and loving doctors here at Casa Jackson. Without these resources and medical care, I don’t know what we would have been able to do for our daughter. We cannot afford this kind of treatment and do not have the economic resources to be able to pay it back except through the help of God.”

Please help us treat Cesia, and more babies like her. Your generosity today will help save many children tomorrow. Every child that recovers from malnutrition helps us move towards breaking the bitter chains of poverty, giving their families hope for the future. You can help even more babies on March 16th due to a generous match by a Globalgiving.com benefactor. 

Blessings,

 Melissa Schroden
Director of Special Opportunities and Donations
melissa.schroden@anaguatemala.org
The GOD’S CHILD Project | ITEMP (Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons)
“Breaking the chains of poverty through education and formation”
Guatemala | El Salvador | Malawi | India | United States
Cesia after three months with us at Casa Jackson!
Cesia after three months with us at Casa Jackson!

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Estiven
Estiven's now able to rest peacefully.

 Dear Friends of Casa Jackson,

Thank you so much for your past support! We really could not do the important work of helping these beautiful babies recover from malnutrition, without the help of friends and donors like you.  Please allow me to introduce you to a little boy who is fighting to beat malnutrition, here with us at Casa Jackson.

Estiven, is from Sumpango, Sacatepequez, where he parents currently live in a one room house made from corrugated tin and a simple dirt floor. Due to the historical economic culture in Guatemala, and the belief that children do not need an education - rather they need to get a job and help support their families; neither of his parents received a formal education. 

Without an education it is almost impossible for his parents to find work in anything other than agriculture, where they work long hours for close to no pay.  In Guatemala, roughly 30% of the population works in agriculture because of generational poverty and lack of education. To compound the problems of poverty an agricultural worker earns a monthly salary of about 1,255.38Q to 1,802.99Q which translates to about $161.56 to $232.04 a month. This means that agricultural workers, like Estiven’s parents, make about 23 percent less than the national minimum wage of 1,802.99Q ($232.04) per month, literally making it impossible for them to get themselves out of poverty without the help of an organization like ours, The GOD’S CHILD Project.

Estiven was admitted to Casa Jackson on November 5th, 2015 after being referred to our clinic by a community health center. He was diagnosed with severe malnutrition and respiratory problems. Due to his families living conditions and lack of resources his parents believed that his respiratory conditions would just get better over time.  They were not aware of the severity of his asthma, until it became bad enough for them to clearly recognize the signs that help was needed.  Due to the time that has passed, Estiven’s health was substantially deteriorated when he arrived to Casa Jackson, and will require extra care and time for him to fully recuperate. While he is receiving his treatment at Casa Jackson, his parents are also receiving educational classes about caring for a child who suffers from asthma and malnutrition.  

Estiven is currently being given the appropriate treatment based on his conditions, and is expected to progressively gain weight over the next three to four months, when he will hopefully be able to return home with his parents.His parents are very thankful for the help that the project is giving to their son. Thanks to the Casa Jackson Center for Malnourished Infants Estiven is starting the recovery process and is recieving the help that he needs to grow big and strong.

Please help us treat Estiven, and more babies like him. Your generosity today will help save many children tomorrow. Every child that recovers from malnutrition helps us move towards breaking the bitter chains of poverty, giving their families hope for the future.

 

Many Blessings,

 

Melissa Schroden

Special Opportunities Coordinator

The GOD’S CHILD Project | ITEMP (Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons)

“Breaking the chains of poverty through education and formation”

Guatemala | El Salvador | Malawi | India | United States

Estiven is growing a little stronger every day!
Estiven is growing a little stronger every day!

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Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala

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