Janelle Teitlebaum
Janelle's Story

Janelle joined Watsi on December 24th, 2016. 42 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Janelle's most recent donation traveled 1,500 miles to support Cristofer, a baby boy from Guatemala, to fund malnutrition treatment.


Janelle has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 1 country.

All patients funded by Janelle

Aracely is a nine-month-old girl from Guatemala. Her parents cannot afford to give her the calories, protein, and nutrients she needs to grow. For this reason, she is only the size of a healthy three-month-old. She also experiences frequent gastrointestinal infections. Aracely has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. She has little energy to grow, and her immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. She is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, she began malnutrition treatment on November 24, 2016. Aracely loves to play with her stuffed animals with her older sister, Martina. She also loves eating bananas, apple, and beans. She lives with her older sister and her parents in a one-room house with a tin roof. Her father works as a day laborer, harvesting crops on a local plantation. Her mother is a weaver of traditional Mayan textiles. Her parents need help to fund this $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Aracely recover. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age, and her immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach her mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Aracely a chance to grow healthy and strong. "I am so appreciative to be able to enter into this program for my daughter," says Aracely's mother. "I did not know that she was malnourished, and now I am excited to learn how I can help her recover."

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