Help Colombian Children with Chronic Malnutrition

 
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The Amiguitos Royal Foundation, in its purpose of contributing to the nutrition of Bogota's most needy children, counts with the following programs:

 

Program for Pregnant women.

Pregnant women as indicated by our Hospital partner being at high risk of malnutrition due to their age, weight, clinical or psychosocial picture are received by the Foundation, where they receive daily nutritional support and monthly nutritional follow-up. Additionally women receive workshops and counseling on themes such as: promotion of breastfeeding, healthy and adequate food and micronutrients intake, solutions to problems in regards to the affiliation to the public health system, promotion of oral health and how to strengthen emotional bonds with the newborn. 25 women were attended this semester and 9 healthy children have been born.

 

Mother and Child Program: (290 children and their mothers currently are part of the program).

The Amiguitos Royal Foundation has sought to strengthen the essential link between the mother and her baby with the purpose of encouraging proper nutrition and healthy growth of children living in low-income conditions. On the assumption that this new being must generate a healthy connection with the world to become a happy and productive adult and, he/she requires primarily of the establishment of a safe and effective attachment with the mother who provides the necessary care, and affection

 

The Amiguitos Royal Foundation oriented by this theory work to provide education and support to these mothers, stimulating their affective resources and diligence in the exercise of their maternity. The organization also stimulates breastfeeding for the first 6 months and supports the healthy introduction of complementary feeding from second semester, where, in addition, the mother and child begin to receive food support.

 

Daily attendance:

For the first half of the year, 40 children between the ages of 3 and 5 have been enrolled in the Daily Attendance program. These children attend from Monday to Friday on a schedule of 8 am to 4 pm and receive nutritional support (lunch and two snacks per day). Moreover, these children have been assessed with the neurodevelopmental scale to identify their levels and include them in a pedagogical project adjusted to the requirements of the children and the acquisitions of linguistic and social characteristics of their stage of development.

 

School lunches.

This program includes 150 children, enrolled during the first semester, between the ages of 5 and 9. These beneficiaries receive lunch and a snack daily. In addition, these have access to a series of workshops intended to encourage and motivate them through art, sport and construction of scenarios of peace, as a creative and stimulating alternative to processes they receive in formal education.

 

Anthropometric measurements.

One of the axes of the process, which allows us to evaluate and take corrective actions in the proper development of the children, is weight and height measurements. During the first semester there have been two screenings, the results have been tabulated and classified to obtain a profile in which children with inappropriate nutritional diagnosis are individualized for intervention and follow-up by the interdisciplinary team of the Foundation, which includes a pediatrician, psychologist, nutritionist, educator and social worker. In addition, at-risk children receive home visits aimed at health promotion, nutrition, affective link strengthening, and promotion of healthy housing and investment of leisure time of children.


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Amiguitos Royal Foundation is very pleased to share some of their most significant experiences of recent months about its purpose " FEEDING WITH LOVE ". For Amiguitos Royal Foundation, Nourish goes far beyond providing quality food to children in need. Throughout the year 2013 , all of our efforts were focused on building safe and stimulating  scenarios that allowed children to grow healthier and develop their physical, social , cognitive and affective potential  and thereby increasing the chances of becoming productive and happy adults .

Our particular interest was the children agree to be part of a recovery process that included nutritional food intake and anthropometric monitoring, educational support to families, individual consultations , strengthening of social networks for interdisciplinary and multisectoral work. However the most important thing was to strength links between children and their families and between children and their communities , promoting relationships mediated by affection , respect and solidarity.


The areas of work: childhood, family and community are articulated in all activities performed. The set of three Nutrition Centres in partnership with our public and private donors  favored our goal to nurture with love and make happy children and families .

Finally, we thank on behalf of all  Amiguitos Royal Team for the generous support of Global Giving throughout the year 2013 , which was full of hard work, rewards and miles of smiles.

Merry Christmas and a happy 2014¡

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Anthropometric measurements
Anthropometric measurements

Thank you very much for your support. We continue working for our colombian children. We are going to update you with information about our programmes and activities.

The nutritional programme continues helping colombian children with chronical desnutrition. All children receive a nutritional assessment and those with higher-risk states are individualized to emphasize their attention, making an individualized support both children and their families, in order to identify what is affectig them. This semester, 28 children were individualized, with monthly monitoring anthropometric measurements, medical monitoring, home visits, parent workshops and adequate food. 10 of these children were removed from the program due to a move or availability of parental time. Of those who continued, 59% improved their nutritional status, their attention and energy, and the other will continue receiving individualized support to ensure their recovery. 

Besides, we are working hardly in our cross-program nutrition for peace, in which the emphasis is on creating a safe, loving and stimulating place, where children can express themselves peacefully and feel accepted and supported with their differences. With this project, we are trying to create an educational space where they can choose different activities according to their interests and feel involved in this enviroment.

Aditionally, we are working
with Chevrolet Foundation on the recovery of La Perla Park, adjacent to one of our centers.Our objective is that children have a clean and safe place where they can play and enjoy with their families.

Also, we are setting up a training and employability project for our mothers. With the support from SENA, a government entity, we are training 25 mothers in order to contact them with a hotel chain in Colombia and Crepes y Waffles, a colombian restaurant. On the other hand, we just began a partnership with L'Oreal, to train and support  five moms in beauty training.

Finally, we achieve mutual aid agreement with the Mayor of Usaquén and ICBF towards breastfeeding.

Thanks for your cooperation and support. This is essencial for the development and welfare of children in vulnerable conditions.

Diary activities with children
Diary activities with children
Children taking their lunch
Children taking their lunch
Employability project with mothers
Employability project with mothers

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Thanks to you, we could continuedeveloping our aim to contribute to the proper growth of children from disadvantaged populations, taking anthropometric and neurodevelopmental measures that allow us to see the state of our users and implement necesary actions  to intervene in order to improve their health condition.

Amiguitos Royal offers the following programs:

• Expectant mothers: 23 mothers  receive care in nutrition, intrauterine development, strengthening relationships and family.
• mother-child binomial: 260 kids asist with their mothers or caregivers to work in the areas of nutrition, breastfeeding, psychomotor development, link building, self-esteem and self-management of moms.
• Daily Attendance: 85 children, from 2 to 5 years, are attended daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and receive balanced nutrition and have a caring and stimulating environment that allows them to grow with adequate self-esteem and social skills and cognitive skills that will facilitate their entry to school.
• Teaching at lunch: 136 children from 5 to 9 years, receive feeding and complementary education in order to some  strengthen their social skills and learn to enjoy free time constructively.

Special Programs

This year, we are emphasizing the creation of a safe, loving and stimulating place, where children can express themselves peacefully, where they feel accepted with their differences, are supported and can give support to others, where they can choose different activities according your taste and feel part of creating this environment enriched by each of them.

Besides this participatory and caring environment, we started working with a program of CINDE: Children as peace-builders, which has been well received within the children. We hope to help educate young people happy and peaceful contribute to the harmonious development of our country.

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Thanks to you we could continue with our nutrition program. But nutrition does not only refer to food and tracking of height, weight and hemoglobin. Our care seeks to create a safe and stimulating environment that will allow our children develop healthy, happy and self-esteem.

According to the three programs we execute, we will end this year with the following people:
1. 16 pregnant women and 285 mothers and children (aged 0 to 2.5 years), in the areas of nutrition, strengthening mother-child bond, and psychomotor development of the child's affection, strengthening self-esteem, interpersonal relationships and self-management mother.
2. 70 children / as 2.5 to 5 years who attend the centers from 8 am. at 5 pm. They  receive breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. They also have a stimulating environment that allows them to develop different skills to enter the school with good foundations.
3. 136 children / as of 5-9 years, who come to lunch and attend different workshops in the afternoon.

Nutritional assessment
According to anthropometric assessments, it can be concluded that children under 5, prevails adequate nutritional status (32%). Also, it could be said that the number of malnourished children dicreased from 4.8% to 3.1%. It happens the same with obesity inidicators wich reduced from 2.4% to 2.1%.

For children older than 5 years, the indicatores showed an increase in the percentage of children in a adequate size (50%), a decrease in the obesity indicator from 2.5% to 1.6%, the risk of low size reduced from 15% to 11.2%, of overweight from 15% to 13%, and low height for age from 6.6% to 4.8%. However, it showed an increase in the nutritional diagnosis thinness of 2.5% to 3.2% due to the presence of recurrent respiratory infections and diarrhea.

On the other hand, as to the result of the test showed hemoglobin that 87% of children-as they were found with a value below 12 g / dl improved and the remaining 12.5% showed no improvement and were referred the health system.

Activities
There have been two or three shots anthropometric and hemoglobin, which allowed us to make specific support to families and children with higher problematic. Similarly took neurodevelopment tests that allow us to get to work with children individually and in groups.
With families, home visits have been made that allow more timely support to families, and children.These works, along with creating a warm and safe environment where they can express their worries and concerns, have led to a better development of children / as and in improving the quality of life for their families.
With the 70 children of the 136 daily attendance and school, have made educational outings to parks and farms, where they were able to relate to the life of the field, have been active outdoors and have been variously interact among themselves and with Nature.


A review ophthalmologic children over 5 years, and a review of dental children over seven years, with positive results in the care of the teeth, and glasses for the 31 children who needed them.
They formed the group Music and Choir - good management and reception given to this program, has been reflected in the progress of children in the discipline and study, as reported by parents and teachers.
Workshops were created cooking, crafts, music, dance, computers and tutoring for children who wish to attend after lunch, which have been well received and has resulted in a sense of belonging and camaraderie


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Project Leader

Martina Cocco

Bogota, D.C. Colombia

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