Rescue a Malnourished Child in Guatemala

 
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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”

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

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Brandon and his mom
Brandon and his mom

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. From Monday, September 21st through Friday, September 25th, GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor! Please consider starting a recurring donation during this period. Your donation will help care for and feed malnourished babies like Brandon as well as provide quality nutritional education for parents.  

Brandon, who is 18 months old, was referred to us by the health center in his hometown of Escuintla after they had treated him for acute bronchitis and was checked-in to Casa Jackson on September 10th, 2015 with moderate malnutrition.

Brandon’s mother was thrown out of her home at 17 when her parents found out that she was pregnant with him. She then moved in with her boyfriend’s family who, despite their poverty, decided to help her however they could. Brandon’s mother did not finish school and his father never went to school. Brandon's father works as an assistant on the buses in Escuintla and earns Q600 (about $80) per month. This is all the family has to survive on.

Brandon’s mother is very thankful for the help that the project is giving to her son. Thanks to the Casa Jackson Center for Malnourished Infants Brandon is starting the recovery process and receives the help that he needs to grow big and strong. His 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 Brandon’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!

 

Kendell Martell

Director of Benefactor Services

Asociación Nuestros Ahijados de Guatemala, ONG

 

P.S. - If you would like to take advantage of the match opportunity please go to our Global Giving page between Monday, September 21st and Friday, September 25th and make your first monthly donation.

He was born in Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa in the department of Escuintla the 29th of September, 2015. His mother is a single mother. Her husband left her because he didn’t want to take responsibility for his family. He is an alcoholic and was very aggressive towards Vladimir’s mother. Because of this his mother no longer wanted to take care of him and stopped feeding him and taking care of him as she should.

The boy's grandmother helped her daughter and grandson after the separation. She realized that her daughter was not taking care of him, that she wasn’t feeding him and his health was no longer important to her. The grandmother made the decision to take Vladimir to the National Hospital in Escuintla where he stayed for a week. After he recovered he was referred to Casa Jackson where he was admitted with severe malnutrition and was in rehabilitation for 5 months at which time he had the ideal weight for his height and age.

His grandmother takes him to Casa Jackson once a month to evaluate him and make sure that he is still at the ideal weight. He also receives milk and medicine when he visits.His mother is receiving psychological care to recover from the abuse that she suffered at the hands of her ex-husband. She is also receives talks on responsible parenting so that she can better take care of him.

Thanks to the help of the God´s Child Project and Casa Jackson the child’s family receives the support that they need to overcome the problems that they have faced and he will likely have a normal life and his mother will be able to take care of him and give him the love that he needs.

This infant is originally from a town called Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa in the department of Escuintla, Guatemala. His mother is 19 years old and dropped out of school after 8th grade because her father no longer wanted to help her pay for her education. She left home because she decided to start a family with a young man from Colombia. The relationship was going really well until the father of the infant started hitting the mother every day. She got tired of being beaten every day so she took her baby and left her husband.

The mother did not eat well while she was pregnant with this little baby and was beaten by her husband which caused him to be born prematurely with anemia and delayed development. She did not have support of her father because he did not want her back in the house and her mother passed away from uterine cancer. After a year they detected that the mother suffered from mild malnutrition and the baby suffered from severe malnutrition so the mother took her baby to the health center in Escuintla where she was referred to Casa Jackson Nutritional Center.

Currently this infant is progressing in his treatment. His weight has improved a great deal and he now has his level of malnourishment is now moderate. Every day his health is improving and so is his mother’s because she also receives food every day.

His mother is thankful for the support of Casa Jackson Nutritional Center and everyone that donates to the project to help support families and children in need.  

Story of Madeline

 

Rosa , originally from the department of Escuintla is 28 years old and been dealing with the difficulty of raising her two children, 14 year old Rosa and Madeline who is 1 year and 9 months old. Rosa was never able to receive education due to the lack of economic resources in her family growing up. Partlyduetolack of education, Rosa becamepregnant at theage of 14. Because of her pregnancy, Rosa’s parents disowned her and threw her out of their home without leaving her any resources. Rosa then went to live with the father of her child, Rene.

 

After living together for a time and despite the economic difficulties that they faced as a couple, Rosa became pregnant with Madelin. During this time, their family lived on Rene´s salary. Rene was working every day as a fisherman. He did not make much, but what he did make was enough to feed his family. One day in late 2012, Rene got ready to go to work and said goodbye to his family, not knowing it would be the last time he would see his wife and daughter. That day, Rene did not realize that his fishing boat was in poor conditions, and as he was working alone on his boat, the motor had mechanical problems and he remained stranded in the ocean, with no one around to help him. No one is sure exactly what happened, but Rene drowned that day.

 

Because of this terrible loss, Rosa was unable to deal with her grief and became depressed, lost interest in taking care of the child she was pregnant with, stopped eating or taking vitamins. When Madelin was born, she weighed only 5 pounds, and was breast-fed for the first 6 months of her life, and would not drink any other type of formula. Not knowing what to do, Rosa returned home to her parents who decided to open their home to her again.

 

Rosa did not realize how sick Madelin had become and that she had become malnourished, but when she became sick with diarrhea and came down with pneumonia, at which time Rosa decided to take her to the local health center. When she saw that Madelin’s systems persisted, Rosa took Madelin to the National Hospital of Escuintla, where they diagnosed her with pneumonia and severe malnutrition.

 

Once Madelin was discharged from the hospital, her mother thought she could take Madelin home. However, the hospital social worker referred Madelin to Casa Jackson Nutrition Center with a court order for nutritional rehabilitation.

At intake at Casa Jackson, Madelin was in a very delicate state, very unanimated, she made hardly any movements. She was unable to sit up, much less stand up, and she did not tolerate our formulas or baby food. She continued this way for 3 months.

 

After this time, Madelin was injected with three shots to improve her immune system, and this together with the nutrition that she was receiving finally started to show results. Shortly after, Madeline began to crawl and walk, and engage in activities appropriate for her age. Her mother received support through donations of food and clothes for herself and her other daughter. Right now, Madelin has reached a stable weight and a better diagnostic appearance than when she was admitted to Casa Jackson.

 

Despite the difficulties that Rosa faced, she never gave up taking care of her daughter in Casa Jackson and she hopes to return to her home and find work again in the fishing industry and continue to see her smiling daughter which gives her hope to live each new day and hope of a better quality of life.

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Patrick Atkinson

Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala

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