At 16 months old, Eliseo is the youngest of ten children. He lives with his parents and siblings in a small adobe house in Guatemala. Eliseo loves to play with his brothers, especially with toy cars and balls. However, due to acute malnutrition, he often has low energy and stamina, and is frequently sick with fevers and diarrhea.
Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us that Eliseo’s mother first brought him to a local health clinic where a nurse told her that Eliseo was not getting the calories he needed. Without a healthy diet, “Eliseo is far below the average height for age and weight for age and if intervention does not occur, he will be physically and mentally stunted,” his doctor says.
Eliseo’s immune system is also weakened–increasing his risk of chronic disease.
Eliseo’s mother does household chores and collects firewood to sell. However, the family is primarily dependent on Eliseo’s father’s modest income earned as fieldworker. WK tells us “Eliseo’s family does not have enough money to afford the amount of food and the quality of calories that Eliseo needs.”
For $535, Eliseo will undergo intensive nutrition therapy. He will receive micronutrient food supplementation as well as medication to prevent infections during his treatment.
Combined, this intervention will improve Eliseo’s immunity and overall nutrition–allowing Eliseo to regain the height and weight he has lost. He will also have improved long-term health, including reduced risk of chronic disease.
Eliseo’s mother will also receive the education she needs to support her children. She adds, “with the help of God and the institution, kids like our son will begin to get the food and care they need to grow. This is such a blessing.”