At 14-months-old, Jaime “loves to play with his brother and sister,” says our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “His sister loves to put him their little hammock and swing him back and forth.” The youngest of four children, Jaime lives with his family in a village in Guatemala.
After his mother noticed that he was not growing well, Jaime was brought to WK’s clinic. They diagnosed him with acute malnutrition, a condition that results from a nutrient deficiency over an extended period.
Children with malnutrition face the possibility of stunted mental and physical development, setting limitations later in life. With treatment, “Jaime will avoid the long term effects of malnutrition and develop the ability to concentrate and eventually succeed in school,” WK says.
WK explains, “Jaime’s mom weaves blouses, while his dad is a day worker in the next village over.” With their income, they are unable to pay the expenses for Jaime’s treatment.
With $535, Jaime will undergo a three-month micronutrient support program to treat his malnutrition. During this period, Jaime’s nutrient levels will be gradually restored through food supplements.
Jaime’s mother will work with a nutritionist to receive an intensive course on healthy eating. WK states that this program, “will give [Jaime’s mother] the background to better provide healthy, nutrient-dense options for her children.”
Jaime’s mother shares, “It is so good that you want to help my baby.”