“Jhony is a happy, affectionate baby – always laughing, smiling and giving hugs,” says our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). The nine-month-old baby boy lives with his mother, twin sister, and two older brothers in Guatemala.
Jhony is growing at a slower rate than normal due to acute malnutrition. WK states, “Jhony is losing weight and his mother, who is raising her children on her own, does not know what to do to increase his weight and rate of growth. If intervention does not occur Jhony will continue to experience delayed physical and mental development. His immune system will weaken and he will be [at] risk of the long-term effects of acute malnutrition.”
Jhony’s mother, a single parent, earns her income selling tortillas. However, her income is not enough to support the cost of Jhony’s treatment.
With $535, Jhony will begin a 90-days nutritional support program. Over three months, micronutrient food supplements will gradually be introduced into his diet–allowing him to safely adjust to the changes. For his weak immune system, Jhony will receive medication to protect him against infections. Jhony’s mother will also receive an intensive nutrition education.
With this treatment, WK says, “Jhony’s immune system will strengthen and he will receive medication and micronutrient supplementation. We anticipate with this support his mother will have the tools she needs to ensure Jhony will increase physical and mental development and have the ability to go far.”
Jhony’s mother shares, “My babes are my soul. Although I am alone with my children, I fight for them with all of my heart. I am so thankful for this support to help my babies grow – we really need it.”