This little guy is Gerson, a one-year-old from Guatemala. Together with his parents and three siblings, Gerson lives in a humble home in Central Guatemala.
Recently Gerson was diagnosed with malnutrition. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, tells us that Gerson has had several acute diarrheal illnesses and has lost some weight. He has stopped growing and has been lethargic and acting differently from other children. Though his parents work hard to provide for the family, they’ve been experiencing a financial crisis that makes it hard to put food on the table.
Gerson’s parents tell the Wuqu’ Kawoq social work team that they’ve noticed that Gerson is growing much more slowly then their other children, which they attribute to the tough financial times they are going through. They’ve reached out to Watsi for help so that their little boy can “grow up, study and be a professional.”
For $535, Watsi can help get little Gerson on the road back to health. He will receive food, nutrition education, and nutritional supplements. This regimen should stop Gerson’s diarrhea and allow him to start growing again. His developmental milestones should improve and hopefully he will go on to live a happy, health life!