Lesly is a social 11-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. She loves to play with her toy doll. Lesly’s parents work hard to support their family. Her father works as an agricultural laborer, and her mother weaves and sells traditional Mayan textiles.
Lesly was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Lesly has little energy to grow, and that her immune system is weak, leaving her vulnerable to diseases that further compromise her growth. She may also face long-term consequences of malnutrition if left untreated, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ.
Concerned for her well-being, her mother took Lesly to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 22, Lesly 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 hope with the nutrition program my daughter will better her growth and development,” says Lesly’s mother. “I have every intention to put my time and effort into collaborating so that my daughter grows.”