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May 16, 2012

Claudia and Luis Get a Goat

Claudia, Luiz and Muneca
Claudia, Luiz and Muneca

Julia Hernandez Lux and Isaias De Leon Hernandez live in the community of La Hacienda in Guatemala with their seven children. Isaias works as a carpenter as he does not have access to enough land to farm.

When the Save the Children-sponsored PROMASA began its activities in La Hacienda in 2007, The Hernandez's 1-year-old daughter Claudia Lizeth was malnourished and underweight.

Through the program, the family started a home garden which provided extra food and income for the family. Then in 2008, the family received a goat that at the beginning produced more than 2 glasses of milk daily. One glass was always set aside for little Claudia Lizeth.

With the fresh milk and vegetables, Claudia started gaining weight. After three months, she was fully recovered from malnutrition. 

Her father Isaias recalls "she started growing normal, was not getting sick any more, and we no longer had to buy her medicines".

The Hernandez family gave the first goat to another family, but kept a female kid (baby goat) called Muñeca (Doll). In less than 2 years, the family had other kids and more milk thanks to improved breeding.

Muñeca provides about a half gallon of milk per day. Claudia's little brother, Luis Armando, is a healthy toddler and enjoys his milk every day. Plus, the family sells surplus milk to neighbors, helping the Hernandez children's playmates.

May 16, 2012

Final Project Report

Photo credit: Jeff Holt / Save the Children
Photo credit: Jeff Holt / Save the Children

Thank you for all your support for project Provide a School with Fresh, Clean Water. This is our final report for this project.

With the support of donors like you, Save the Children has:

  • Repaired two latrines, built two new latrines, installed two urinals for boys, built five hand washing points (four for children and one for teachers). And for the first time, children at the school now have clean, safe drinking water!
  • Provided health education, vitamins, vision screening, de-worming medicines and other basic health services to children at the school.
     
  • Installed a deep tubewell (DTW) and held court-yard sessions to teach the community about personal hygiene.

Thank you again for your support. Please consider supporting one of Save the Children's other projects. You can find a complete list of our active projects here: https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/832/save-the-children-federation/.

May 16, 2012

Final Project Report

Thank you for all your support for project Training and Supplies for Health Workers in Nepal. This is our final report for this project.

With the support of donors like you, we have been able to accomplish:

  • Delivering lifesaving care to mothers and their children, even when doctors and  nurses are out of reach.   
  • Training and equipping community health workers to save children’s lives through basic care like prenatal and postnatal checkups, delivering antibiotics, and breastfeeding counseling. 
  • Fighting pneumonia and diarrhea which are rarely fatal in countries like the United States, and they don’t need to be in Nepal either. 

We have been able to fund this project ahead of schedule due in part to Charlie Wittmack is an attorney, husband and father from Des Moines, Iowa who founded The World Tri to pursue his dreams of adventure.  He trained 15 years before jumping into the frigid waters of England’s Thames River and beginning his 10,000 mile journey across Europe and Asia. He capped off the adventure by summiting Mt. Everest and dedicating his efforts to the children of Nepal.

Only 5,393 people have ever climbed Everest, but every year in Nepal, 37,000 newborns and children die of largely preventable causes.  To help slash these numbers, Charlie teamed up with Save the Children to raise money for lifesaving programs.   

The good news is, Nepal has already passed the halfway mark in the race to end child deaths.  Deploying community health workers has been key to  dramatic  reductions in child mortality, but many rural and isolated communities have yet to benefit. 

Thank you again for your support. Please consider supporting one of Save the Children's other projects. You can find a complete list of our active projects here: https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/832/save-the-children-federation/.

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