When food shortages arise, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and infants are the hardest hit. Mothers dangerously deplete their own resources in order to provide for their children. Newborns are vulnerable because they are in a period of rapid growth and development, and require high levels of nutrient intake in order to thrive.
One Heart World-Wide works directly with the communities in need. We have been in communication with our local staff and our partners in the region and have devised a plan to distribute essential food packages containing corn, beans, rice, sugar, and oil to each of the 300 families we work with. This will help them to get through this period of drought, giving them a 2 month safety blanket during which they can replant and harvest their crops in the summer when they are once again producing.
The food aid and prenatal vitamins that we send to the Copper Canyon now will ensure that pregnant women, new mothers, and their children are healthy and well-nourished. Removing the risk of starvation for these families will have numerous effects - lowered risk of infant and maternal mortality, healthier mothers will be able to better provide for their children, and stronger families will able to work to regrow/harvest next season's crop. The healthier the community is, the stronger it is.
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