Meet Gloria, an 11-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. “Gloria lives with her older brother and her parents… She loves to play with little chickens that run around her house and even imitates the chirping noises they make,” reports our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “Her mother is a dedicated weaver and also goes out into the fields with Gloria’s dad to earn money to support the family.”
Gloria has acute malnutrition, a condition that is worsened by her home environment. “Gloria’s mother told us that Gloria suffers from strong allergies and has a small respiratory infection. Her symptoms flare up especially when it is cold outside,” continues WK. “Due to the location and materials of the house, it is constantly cold and misty. Clothes have difficulty drying, and Gloria has difficulty staying warm.”
“These conditions paired with malnutrition create a recipe for immune system collapse,” continues WK. “Without treatment, Gloria’s immune system will continue to weaken. Her ability to develop physically and mentally will be limited, and she will be at risk of long-term effects of malnutrition.”
With $535 in funding, Gloria can receive treatment for acute malnutrition, which includes growth monitoring, micronutrient food supplementation, and medication to treat her respiratory infection and recoup some of the weight and height she has lost. “Her mother will receive intensive nutrition education, thus building her confidence and ability to care for Gloria throughout her childhood, as well as assist her brother,” explains WK.
Gloria’s mother hopes that her daughter will recover and enjoy a healthy childhood. She shares, “We work really hard to try and care for our children, but I don’t know how to help her grow better. Thank you for creating this program and for wanting to teach me how to help my children more.”