Edgar is a 13-month-old baby boy from the rural highlands of Guatemala. He is a friendly child who enjoys playing with his toy ball. Edgar also loves munching on watermelons and mango if they are available. Edgar’s mother weaves and sells traditional Mayan textiles to support the family.
Edgar is experiencing symptoms of malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too few calories and nutrients. In the short term, this means that Edgar has little energy to grow, and he also gets sick more often than other children. The long-term consequences of malnutrition include increased risk of chronic diseases and delayed development.
While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $492 to fund treatment for Edgar. On June 22, Edgar will begin routine growth monitoring and nutrient supplementation. Local health workers will also teach Edgar’s parents about nutrition. These interventions will ensure Edgar grows up strong and healthy.
Edgar’s mother says, “I am very grateful and happy with the program and the donors for the support that we will receive, because it will be of great help to us. I believe that this support will help me greatly to better my son’s health.”