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Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala

by Jake's Diapers, Inc.
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Diapers for Children in Poverty in Guatemala
Anabel
Anabel

Anabel is a sweet 2 1/2 year old who lives within sight of Fuego Volcano, just west of Antigua, Guatemala. She and her family live in a place that was heavily hit by Fuego Volcano's devastating and deadly eruption on June 3rd. The land they once grew food on is now barren: scorched and rendered barren by the volcano's heat and ash. 

Anabel's family lives in extreme poverty, and her mother can't afford medicine nor food for Anabel. They also lack access to clean water. All of these factors combined have led to Anabel experiencing malnutrition. 

On October 26th Anabel was admitted to Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children. She weighed 17 lbs at 2 1/2 years old, and was unable to stomach food. 

After over a month of inpatient care, Anabel has experienced life-saving care. She has finally made it to the 20 lb mark! She is happy, and adjusting to food well. 

Thanks to you, we've been providing cloth diapers to Casa Jackson for both inpatient and outpatient use. This means an ample supply of diapers to keep Anabel and other kids just like her clean, dry, and healthy. 

Thank you for the hope, joy, and dignity you bring. I encourage you to reach me at stephanie@jakesdiapers.org with any questions you may have. I'd love to hear from you. 

~ Stephanie

June 3, 2018 is a day that Guatemala will never forget. Fuego Volcano erupted with a series of volcanic explosions and pyroclastic flows; sending a cloud of burning gas, rocks, and boiling ash out over nearby communities. An untold amount of people lost their lives immediately. Many more experienced serious health challenges, including burns and breathing challenges.

One of our Diaper Drops in Guatemala, The Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children, was directly impacted. They immediately began taking in and treating burn victims, as well as housing children separated from their families.  Thanks to your generous support, our response was immediate. 

We were able to provide additional cloth diapers for use at Casa Jackson for inpatients, above what we sent earlier this year. We were also able to provide hundreds of "Handwash Kits", which consist of a complete supply of cloth diapers to last from birth, to potty training. These diapers are also easily hand or machine washable. In total, 324 children now have diapers thanks to you. 

This experience was incredible, and I can't thank you enough for your generous support. Fuego Volcano was able to test our strength and response capacity, and we were able to stand up to the challenge. 

I encourage you to reach me at stephanie@jakesdiapers.org with any questions you may have. I'd love to hear from you. 

~ Stephanie

"It sounded like it was hailing. My husband went up to the roof to check and realized it was volcanic rocks." 

~ Rachel, one of our Diaper Drop partners in Guatemala. She lives about 15 miles away from Fuego Volcano. 

On Sunday, Volcan de Fuego erupted in Guatemala City, Guatemala. With hot lava and spewing ash, the current death toll is over 70, and more than 2 million people have been affected. The eruption at Fuego was so explosive, hot debris was sent down the steep volcanic sides at hundreds of miles per hour- much faster than people and cars could outrun. In addition to the direct lava/debris flow, the clouds of sand, gravel, ash and lava have impacted and injured many people. 

Casa Jackson  is one of our Diaper Drops, and is also a registered hospital. Casa Jackson provides intensive residential survival, medical, and long-term recovery-care to severely malnourished infants and children from across Guatemala. In addition, Casa Jackson volunteers and staff educate villages and families in proper health, hygiene, and nutrition practices.

They have now found themselves in the middle of this volcanic crisis, treating children with 1st, 2nd, and third degree burns. They're also taking in children who have been separated from their families. They are focusing on emergency response and meeting basic needs, which includes diapers. 

We are their primary supplier of cloth diapers, and with this crisis the need for reliable, sustainable diapers has increased dramatically.

If you feel led, please consider supporting our Volcano Relief work. As always, please reach me with any questions you may have at stephanie@jakesdiapers.org. I'd love to here from you! 

Thanks for helping babies. 

 

~ Stephanie

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Our work in Guatemala is growing! It is a great joy to introduce our newest Diaper Drop, Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children. 

Casa Jackson is a registered hospital and provides intensive residential survival, medical, and long-term recovery-care to severely malnourished infants and children from across Guatemala. In addition, Casa Jackson volunteers and staff educate villages and families in proper health, hygiene, and nutrition practices.

Casa Jackson opened its doors in October 2008 welcoming children from all over the country in need of medical treatment and nutritional recovery. Since it opened they have successfully recovered more than 3,000 children and have provided outpatient treatment to more than 5,000 children who visit periodically to receive the nutritional guidance for their recovery.

All the children who are living in at Casa Jackson are under a nutritional recovery program where they need to stay in Casa Jackson for about 6 to 7 weeks (time that it usually takes for them to reach their hundred percent of their weight and be ready to go home).  Once they are discharged, they continue receiving follow up care to review and check how they are doing back home.

We’re excited to provide both cloth diapers for use at Casa Jackson, as well as for use in the outpatient programming!

Thanks for helping babies!

 

~ Stephanie

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When we think about basic needs, we tend to think about food, clothing, shelter and water. Diapers are such an overlooked need, yet the impact of having or not having them is deep. 

Rachel, at one of our Guatemala Diaper Drops, shared one recipient's story: 

"My husband lost his job, and we found ourselves counting out change to get groceries and diapers. The diapers you gave us literally saved us so that we could feed our family. I am so grateful for the diapers." 

You have brought incredible relief and joy to this family, and others just like them. Our work in Guatemala is at an exciting point of growth. We are in the early stages of working with a new Diaper Drop, an inpatient nutritional recovery faciility for children recovering from extreme malnutrition. For this new Diaper Drop, an adequate supply of re-usable diapers means they are able to provide additional healthcare and improved quality of foods (more protein!) for the children. With these basic needs met, we are setting these babies up for long term survival and success. 

That's not all...

We have more big news to share... We've been named one of GlobalGiving's Top 10 Nonprofits commited to Impact! You'll find us at number 5 on the list! 

This inaugural list highlights 10 of GlobalGiving's nonprofit partners (and five honorable mentions) that have demonstrated a commitment to impact through learning. Winners have earned the most points in GG Rewards, GlobalGiving's way of tracking how nonprofits Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat. GlobalGiving has found that nonprofits that listen to their stakeholders, act on what they hear, and learn from the results of their actions are more effective and have a greater impact in their communities. 

This is a great moment for us, we're proud to be recognized for our commitment to effectiveness and impact. 

Thank you for believing in us, together we are ending the choice between food & diapers. I encourage you to help us celebrate, and share our story with friends, family, & colleagues who might like to join us in making the world a better place. 

~ Stephanie 

 

Stephanie Bowers
Executive Director
Jake's Diapers, Inc.
139 E. 2nd St. Suite U2
Kaukauna, WI 54130
A 501(c)3 non-profit diaper bank, providing the basic need of diapers to babies, children and adults in extreme poverty, whose caregivers have to choose between food & diapers. 

 

 

 

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Location: Little Chute, WI - USA
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Stephanie Bowers
Jake's Diapers, Inc.
Kaukauna, WI United States

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