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Julia is a jovial ten-year-old girl who lives in rural Guatemala with her family. Her mother is a single parent and supports Julia and her three sisters by working in Guatemala's capital. Although her job provides a steady income, it forces her to live apart from her children. While Julia's mother is in the city, Julia and her sisters live with their grandparents. Julia is in third grade and does well in school. She likes to run and loves to play soccer, but she has been experiencing trouble breathing, which makes it difficult for her to participate in physical activity. Julia and her aunt recently traveled to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), complaining of a dry cough that makes it difficult for Julia to breathe. WK diagnosed Julia with asthma. Asthma is a chronic condition in which one's airways narrow, swell, and produce extra mucus, making it difficult to breathe. Already, her asthma has provoked a chronic cough and makes Julia's chest hurt when she tries to run and play. WK is requesting $422 to fund Julia's medicine and the medical attention she needs to manage her asthma. She will begin receiving her mediation on April 10. The medication will allow her to run and play without coughing. She will be able to participate fully in games at school, run without fear of being unable to breathe, and live without the constant bother of a persistent cough. Julia's grandparents say, "We feel sad because she is sick and we would like to help her with everything, but we don't have money. We ask God to help us keep moving forward, and at the same time for you all to have compassion on us and help with our little girl's treatment."

$422raised
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19-month-old Cristian lives with his family in rural Guatemala. His mother is a single parent who works a lot, so Cristian’s grandmother usually takes care of him. His mother works very hard, but does not earn enough to give Cristian the healthy, nutritious food he needs. He has been diagnosed with malnutrition. Unfortunately, Cristian's family does not have the economic resources to treat his malnutrition without outside help. In the short term, malnutrition means Cristian has little energy to grow and that his immune system is weak, leaving him vulnerable to illness that further compromises his growth. If Cristian does not receive treatment, he will also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and higher likelihood of dropping out of school. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Cristian recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. Treatment will give Cristian’s family tools to maintain nutritious diets, and it will give Cristian a chance to grow healthy. This treatment costs $437. "My grandson is the most lovely thing I have, and I want to him to get better," shares Cristian's grandmother.

$437raised
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Carlos is a toddler who has malnutrition. Because of his malnutrition, Carlos has little energy to run around like other children of his age, and he also has a weakened immune system. If this ensues without treatment, this may cause Carlos to have increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and higher likelihood of dropping out of school. Carlos lives with his mother, brother, and extended family in his grandparent's house in rural Guatemala. He likes to play with toy cars. Since he was born, Carlos has had a lot of difficulty gaining and maintaining weight. Two months ago, Carlos started to experience episodes of seizures, vomiting, and diarrhea. He spent a month in a specialty in-patient malnutrition recuperation clinic. After he left the recuperation center, our medical partner's community health workers have been monitoring Carlos’s health closely. With the help from nutritionists, he will hopefully regain his vitality and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. Community health workers will also teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich and balanced diet with resources that they have so as to support Carlos's growth. In order to ensure Carlos is well-nourished, he needs continued nutritional supplementation and medical support. His mother’s limited income puts treatment for Carlos’s malnutrition out of his family’s economic reach without outside help. Our medical partner is requesting $437 to fund Carlos' nutrition supplementation. He will begin treatment on January 12.

$437raised
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