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New nutrition program for children at risk

Here at Hogar de Esperanza, one thing that we have been noticing more and more lately is the changing health status of the children who we support, which is causing us alarm. Cases of malnourished children are becoming more frequent, and most often are brought to us by single mothers in desperate situations.

While the COVID-19 crisis has affected everyone, those who were already poor are finding themselves now living even closer to the edge. Single mothers have found themselves struggling to find work and continue shouldering the responsibility as the sole providers of their families. They find themselves forced to make some of toughest decisions, including the choice between paying their rent to prevent being evicted or providing basic nutrition for their children. The result is that many children are now malnourished with noticeable weight loss. These health issues can take time to manifest, and while it is not unexpected after seven months of poor diets due to the worsening economic situation, it is nonetheless disturbing.

To address this need, we have been providing additional assistance for these children, including nutritional supplements for the most extreme cases. With our weekly food donations from Gran Aki and SuperMaxi, we are able to also provide more single mothers with food so that they can once again provide nutritious diets for their children. Next week, we will be rolling out a new Nutrition Program run by our nutrition students from the University of Cuenca who are completing their practicums with us. We will be assisting these young mothers in making healthy food choices, and holding cooking demonstrations, including on the preparation of natural baby food. The success of this critical, new program – and doing our part to bring these children at risk back to good health – depends on all of us. We hope you will be able to join us in our efforts of making this important initiative a reality.

If you would like to support our efforts in helping those in greatest need, you can make a donation at: https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d. We can also pick up your donation, if you prefer. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca