Help Colombian Children with Chronic Malnutrition

 
$7,530
$2,470
Raised
Remaining
Jun 2, 2011

Helping Children and their Families Combat Malnutrition

Children Participating in a Workshop
Children Participating in a Workshop

NUTRIR Foundation is progressing in its aim to effectively promote the awareness of and to prevent the causes of infantile malnutrition, particularly through active involvement in the family of each child. NUTRIR Foundation continues to help each chronically malnourished children by individually assessing the extent of malnutrition and then implementing varied intervention plans in areas like nutrition, socio-psychology, and pedagogy. More specifically, such projects in these areas include: raising nutritional awareness, implementing specialized diets, assessing the incidence of anemia, providing psychological support and encouraging psychological development. NUTRIR Foundation holds educational workshops for each different family, and also visits their home and performs follow-ups; this is because the degree of nutritional improvement for each child is linked to their parents' improved understanding of proper nutrition through educational workshops.

Our children live in Usaquén, a neighborhood in Bogotá. Their socioeconomic situation is vulnerable. Their parents work minimum-wage jobs in areas such as construction or surveillance, or if they are in a less stable position they may work in an itinerant fashion (e.g. in the service sector). The families have access to social services and they generally lease or rent their homes as tenants.

When individually examining each child, their height and weight are measured in relation to the norm for their age group which helps to gauge their relative nutritional development. According to the assessment of a nutritionist who works for NUTRIR Foundation, the level of nutrition for the treated children and the estimation of anemia have improved. These improvements are results of balanced diets which are personalized to each child's deficiencies and problems, and of familial involvement in informational workshops. NUTRIR Foundation achieved 83% of the nutritional goals set for its children.

NUTRIR Foundation has achieved success in introducing healthy means of sustenance, particularly fruits and vegetables, which the children really like. At home, mothers' improved knowledge of nutrition and nourishment are seen in their providing healthy food for their children on the weekends.

Brayan Alexander Orjuela, a 7 year-old boy who has benefitted from this program, says: “Thank you God for people as generous as you. May God bless you for supporting us and helping us to be happier. A million thanks.”

To our donors: We invite you to get to know our boys and girls. You can contact us through our website: www.fundacionnutrir.org, or through Conexión Colombia: www.conexioncolombia.com. If you wish to learn more about our project or want to give your opinion we invite you to contact us through our website.

 

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Organization

Project Leader

Maria del Rosario Garcia J.

Bogotá , D.C. Colombia

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Map of Help Colombian Children with Chronic Malnutrition