Every night, thousands of children in Nicaragua go to sleep hungry. Many of these small children are dropped off at a run-down house used as a daycare center. These houses have no plumbing, latrine, chairs or toys. One childâ€™s parent, if they have more than one, is out earning about $2 a day â€“ the average wage for 70% of the people in Nicaragua. These children will benefit from a nutrtious meal and an education.
Almost 4% of Nicaraguan children under age 5 die. Malnutrition, a gateway condition for more serious diseases, is 100% treatable. Self-Help can provide a high-protein, vitamin-fortified porridge meal for about $25 per child per year.
With 13 daycare centers up and running Self-Help wants to continue feeding the children who attend 5 days per week. Being able to provide these children one nutritious meal per day greatly improves over-all health. Hundreds of children attend.