Rain Angelo is a 5 year old boy from Iloilo with severe malnutrition. Rain enjoys playing with his toys in his family house made of bamboo. They get their water from the tuburan (spring) in the mountains and their electricity from a neighbor. Rain’s father is a construction worker and his mother is thankful that her son started malnutrition treatment on October 20, 2016.
One out of five children under-5 in International Care Ministries (ICM) communities 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 add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases.
ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get the additional food to regain normal weight, and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child being malnourished, like Rain, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and organic vegetable gardening.
“Thank you for enrolling my son in the HBF program.” - Rain’s mother