Sintia is a spirited eleven-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. She loves to crawl around and play with her older sister and their toy doll. Sintia’s mother takes care of the household, and her father supports them by working as an agricultural day laborer.
Sintia was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Sintia has little energy to grow, and that her immune system is weak, leaving her vulnerable to diseases that could further compromise her growth. If left untreated, she may also face the long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ.
Concerned for her well-being, her mother took Sintia to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 12, Sintia will receive micronutrients and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach her mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $492 requested will cover all expenses of her continued treatment, allowing her to gain weight, strengthen her immune system, and catch up with other children her age.
“I want to thank all of you for the support that my daughter will receive,” says Sintia’s mother. “May God bless you all.”