El-el is a three-year-old boy who lives with his parents in a small house made of scrap materials. His father does not have a stable job and cannot provide for his family’s basic needs. El-el, who cannot walk or swallow properly, is severely malnourished. He weighs much less than other children his age.
One out of five children under five years of age in communities served by our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), 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 increase the risk of potentially fatal childhood diseases.
Fortunately, El-el began ICM’s malnutrition treatment program on October 17, 2016.
ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get the additional food to gain weight and achieve optimal physical and mental development. After identifying a malnourished child, ICM staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor the child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, professional staff members educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening.
$289 pays for El-el to participate in the Home-Based Feeding program and receive the nutritional supplementation that he needs to grow up healthy and strong.
“We really hope that El-el will be able to see the world someday, somehow,” his parents say.