James is a four-year-old boy from the Philippines. He lives with his parents in a bamboo house. James loves to draw cartoon characters.
James’ father is a tricycle driver, but he does not earn enough to support the family. His mother stays home to take care of the family. Without nutritious meals, James is living with moderately acute malnutrition.
James began $184 malnutrition treatment on October 19, 2016.
James is being treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases.
ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening.
James’s parents hope that he becomes a police officer.