Meet Juan, an adorable newborn baby and only child to two loving parents. Juan lives with his mother and father in his grandparents’ house, and Juan’s father works in a hotel.
According to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), “Juan is suffering from acute malnutrition due to lactation failure.” Acute malnutrition is indicated by height and weight measurements that are far below average for a patient’s age — putting Juan, in this case, at risk for long-term negative effects. “If intervention does not occur soon Juan will be in danger of permanent mental and physical damage or death,” WK says. “He will suffer from developmental delays, a devastated immune system, and stunted physical growth, all of which will affect him for the rest of his life.”
Juan’s father does not earn enough money to afford a monthly supply of formula for his son. “A week ago, his family pulled together some money to buy a can of milk formula,” says WK. “However, since formula is expensive, Juan’s mother has been diluting it to make it last longer.”
Fortunately, treating lactation failure and malnutrition is relatively easy and effective. WK explains, “The combination of milk formula supplementation, growth monitoring and intensive nutrition education will give Juan and his family the tools he needs not only to survive, but thrive.”
For $1,220, we can provide Juan with the full formula and care toolkit to have a healthy and normal childhood. WK explains, “Juan will have the chance to grow to his full mental and physical potential” and the provision of high levels of nutrition early on in his life will “secure his ability to concentrate and do well in school.”
“My dream for my baby is for him to study, go to school and become a doctor,” shares Juan’s mother.