Edgar is a 14-month-old living with his family in Guatemala’s rural highlands. Edgar’s father works as a day laborer, and his mother stays home to care for the family. To supplement the family’s income, Edgar’s mother weaves and sells traditional Mayan textiles.
While Edgar loves to eat, his family does not always have enough money to provide him with the balanced diet that he needs to grow. Malnutrition has stunted Edgar’s growth, so that despite his age, he is only the size of a six-month-old. In the short term, Edgar’s malnutrition leaves him with little energy and a weakened immune system. If left untreated, malnutrition can also lead to chronic disease, low IQ, and increased likelihood of dropping out of school. Edgar’s parents are very worried about their son, but they do not have the resources to pay for his treatment.
Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $837 to fund Edgar’s treatment, which will begin on June 22. Community health workers will teach Edgar’s mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. The treatment program will also provide Edgar’s family with the tools they need to make sure Edgar is growing and developing at a normal rate.
Edgar’s mother says, “I am very happy to be a part of the program.” She is excited for her son to get the chance to grow up healthy and strong.