Dany is a 14-month-old baby boy from the rural highlands of Guatemala. Dany’s mother takes care of household chores, and his father supports the family as a day laborer.
Dany is experiencing symptoms of malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too few calories and nutrients. In the short term, this means that Dany has little energy to grow, and he also gets sick more often than other children. The long-term consequences of malnutrition include increased risk of chronic diseases and delayed development.
While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $492 to fund treatment for Dany. On June 22, Dany will begin routine growth monitoring and nutrient supplementation. Local health workers will also teach Dany’s mother about nutrition. These interventions will ensure Dany grows up strong and healthy.
Dany’s mother says, “Thank you for entering me into the program, for it will be of great benefit, both with the supplements and with the nutrition classes, which will permit me to gain new knowledge and therefore feed my son better. In the future I hope that he can study and become a professional so that he can have a higher quality of life.”