Jan is an 18 month old baby boy from the Philippines. Jan loves to draw. His parents have 7 other kids as well. The family lives in a house by the road made of bamboo. They don’t have electricity and they get water from a water pump. Jan’s father is a carpenter.
Jan has severe acute malnutrition, which is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In the remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, lack of clean water and clean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases.
With $268, ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program will provide Jan with nutrient enriched food packs to ensure he can regain normal weight, and achieve optimum physical and mental development. Staff and community volunteers will make weekly visits to monitor his progress. To sustain his health in the long term, ICM’s professional staff will educate his mother, guardian or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and organic vegetable gardening.
Jan’s mother shares, “I hope my son will finish his studies and find a good job someday.”