Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community

by Organismo de Nutricion Infantil, A.C.
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Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community

Dear Donor:

Thank you for all your support! This report, as you can imagen, is about Covid-19 and how it has had a huge impact in everyone of us; plenty things have changed and we are no longer able to do many activities, but it hasn't stopped us from doing what we care the most: child nutrition.

As we all know, a well nourished child is stronger, diseases don't get too serious and has a better mood. In a global health crisis, as the one that we are facing right now, children are more exposed to the consecquenses that can come with it, such as economic issues, lack of food, family diseases, among others; that's why we cannot stop caring for them and right now we need to be stronger for them, we must protect their health at any cost.

At ONI, we take very serious our commitment with the children and their families, doing our best to keep on producing Oniformula (even more than what we produce in a regular basis), and keeping it at a very low cost, even giving it for free in cases where the family already lost their jobs due to the meassures of protection. This situation requires the best of every single one of us that conform ONI's family, we are working while protecting our most vulnerable team members, bringing attention to all the children that need it, and trying to remain active as many are closing their doors.

It hasn't been easy, but we are very glad that we have supporters and alies that care a lot about our job, just like you, making it possible day to day.

Thank you so much!

With love, ONI's team

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Querido donante:

¡Muchas gracias por todo tu apoyo! Este reporte, como podrás imaginar, es sobre la enfermedad de Covid-19 y el gran impacto que ha tenido en cada uno de nosotros; muchas cosas han cambiado y ya no podemos realizar muchas actividades, pero esto no ha evitado que continuemos con lo que más nos importa: la nutrición infantil.

Como sabemos, un niño bien nutrido es más fuerte, las enfermedades no se complican tanto y tienen un mejor estado de ánimo. En una crisis de salud global, como la que estamos enfrentando justo ahora, los niños son los que se encuentran más expuestos a sufrir las consecuencias que pueden venir con esto como problemas económicos, falta de alimentos, enfermedades familiares, entre otros; esta es la razón por la que no podemos dejar de cuidar de ellos, y justo ahora debemos ser fuertes por ellos, debemos protejer su salud a cualquier costo.

En ONI, nos tomamos muy en serio nuestro compromiso con los niños y sus familias, haciendo todo lo que podemos para continuar produciendo Onifórmula (aún más de la que producimos de manera regular), y manteniendola a un costo realmente bajo, incluso dándola gratis a casos donde la familia ya perdió sus ingresos debido a las medidas de protección. Esta situación requiere lo mejor de cada uno de los que formamos la familia ONI, etsamos trabajando mientras protejemos a nuestros compañeros más vulnerables, llevando atención a todos los niños que la necesitan, y tratando de mantenernos activos mientras muchos otros ya han cerrado sus puertas.

No ha sido sencillo, pero estamos muy agradecidos con todos ustedes, nuestros donantes y aliados, que se preocupan por hacer posible nuestro trabajo día a día.

¡Muchas gracias!

Con cariño, el equipo ONI

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Fatima prior to surgery
Fatima prior to surgery

Dear donor,

It's been an amazing year! And at ONI we are getting ready to celebrate, but first we want to review all the amazing things that have happened this year. The most amazing one that we can recall at this moment is the story of Fátima.

Since last year, ONI has been working hand in hand with Operation Smile to bring more smiles to children who require a surgery to fix their cleft lip and palate. ONI brings every brigade the nutritional complement and do the nutritional evaluations to the candidates to make sure they are in optimal conditions for surgery. When the brigade was announced to come to Guadalajara we knew it was the perfect time and opportunity for our children at the North Sierra to be beneficiaries of those surgeries that potentially would change their lives. The only requirment they had was to be in god health (nutritionally and free of diseases). 

So this was the case of Fátima; one month prior to the brigade, our team talked to her parents and to the doctors at the health centers close to her hometown to coordinate the transfer of Fátima and her parents to Guadalajara and back to thei rhome. Once they got to Guadalajara, Operation Smile's team received them at the hospitaland gave them room and food, our team made one more evaluaion to make sure she was still a good candidate for surgery and gave green light ; one week later Fátima had already been  and was recovering amazingly, soon she and her parents were transfered again back to their home. 

Every month our tean looked for her at her hometown and made sure she was doing greate with her surgery and nutritional evolution. To our surprise, in just one month sho looked perfect! Right now, several months later, Fátima is a regular wixárika girl, playing around, talking and laughing as if nothing ever happened to her, with great health and an ideal nutrition. 

Once more, we can say that ONI; thanks to our donors and with the alliance of Operation Smile, changed for good the life of a little girl and her family.

Thank you so much for making this stories possible!

Hope to hear from you soon! Happy holidays!

Ilse Garibay + ONI's team

Fatima ready to go back home
Fatima ready to go back home
Fatima 3 months later at her hometown
Fatima 3 months later at her hometown

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ONI's attention in Santa Catarina
ONI's attention in Santa Catarina

Dear Donor:

First of all, thank you to all who donated during the “Little by Little” campaign! It was a successful week for us!

Did you know that at the North Sierra are some endemic plants and roots that serve as feeding for the Wixárika people?

Many of us only know a few plants and roots that can be found at markets and supermarkets that are edible, but at the North Sierra, the Wixárika people know a lot about herbalism so they use some plants, roots and mushrooms that cannot be found in other places and that are totally safe for human consumption, even more, they are delicious and nourishing.

All those plants and roots don’t even have a name translated to Spanish, for example “puraikixa” or “tek+atari” which are edible plants similar to spinach, and the Wixárika people use the leaves to eat rough or cooked.

At ONI we try to use those plants and roots in the culinary workshops we have every month with the families. But we don’t know all the endemic species they have, so many times the mothers and the Marakames show us some of them and give us examples of how they use them.

We promise to show you some pictures of those plants, roots and mushrooms soon!

Thank you for supporting our project; hope to hear from you soon!

Pampariyutsi! (Thank you in Wixárika language)

 

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 Querido donante:

Alimentación endémica

Primero que nada, ¡Muchas gracias a todos los que donaron durante la campaña “Little by Little”! Fue una semana muy exitosa para nosotros.

¿Sabías que en la Sierra Norte existen algunas especies de plantas y raíces endémicas que sirven como alimento para la población Wixárika?

Muchos de nosotros sólo conocemos unas pocas especies de plantas y raíces comestibles que podemos encontrar en los mercados y supermercados, pero en la Sierra Norte, la población Wixárika, domina la herbolaria por lo que usan algunas plantas, raíces y hongos que son endémicos de la región y que no pueden ser encontrados en otra parte, que además de ser seguros para el consumo humano, son deliciosos y nutritivos.

Todas estas plantas y raíces no tienen un nombre traducido al español, por ejemplo “puraikixa” o “tek+atari” que son plantas comestibles similares a las espinacas, la comunidad Wixárika se come las hojas crudas o cocidas.

En ONI tratamos de incluir todas esas plantas y raíces en los talleres culinarios que impartimos a las familias. Pero no conocemos todas las especies endémicas que existen en la sierra, así que muchas veces las mamás y los Marakames nos enseñan algunas de ellas y nos dan ejemplos de cómo las usan ellos.

¡Prometemos enseñarte fotos de esas plantas, raíces y hongos próximamente!

Gracias por apoyar nuestro proyecto, ¡esperamos saber pronto de ti!

¡Pampariyutsi! (Gracias en Wixárika)

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Santa Catarina at night
Santa Catarina at night

Dear Donor:

Did you know that Wixarika people love to mix colors?

Do you remember seeing some Mexican designs full of color made with chaquira beans? This crafts are made by the Wixarika people.

For them, color is a representation of their traditions and a vision sent from their gods. When the “Marakame” – the sorcerer or medical witch- eats the peyote (hallucinogenic cactus) enters in a trance where he sees their gods and receives messages from them in the form of visions full of color; that visions are latter transferred to bracelets, necklaces and sculptural pieces like reindeers, heads of cows and other animals, which represent their gods.

These colorful visions made pieces of art are used by the Wixarika people as a part of their traditions, but some of these pieces are also sold to generate incomes for the families. Must of the times, these crafts that are partially inspired by the visions of the Marakames, but not made by them, instead they’re made by the families and people of the community, getting to lose some sense of the color combination, leading to non-attractive combinations that are hard to sell.

 At ONI, we are concerned about how difficult it is for them to sell these items and generate additional incomes. That’s the reason why we decided to guide, trough games and handcrafts, the children and their moms how to mix colors to make beautiful combinations that can be easily sold inside and outside the community.

That’s just what we did on our last visit to the community of Santa Catarina! It was a very special visit as we used the Holy Week which happens to be also a celebration week for the Wixarika people. We put together a very big and special group of more than 15 people who played, measured, cooked and teach the children and their moms; also we were able to see the main ceremony of the week, which was a very special moment for all of us.

Here are some pictures of our week there and the crafts they’re making, hope you enjoy them!

Thank you for supporting our project; hope to hear from you soon!

Pampariyutsi! (Thank you in Wixárika language)

 

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Querido donante:

Una colorida tradición

¿Sabías que a los Wixárikas les encanta combinar colores?

¿Recuerdas haber visto algunos diseños típicos mexicanos llenos de color hechos con chaquira? Estas artesanías son hechas por la cultura Wixárika.

Para ellos, el color es una representación de sus tradiciones y una visión enviada por sus dioses. Cuando el “Marakame” – el médico brujo- consume peyote (cactus alucinógeno) entra en un trance donde ve a sus dioses y recibe mensajes de ellos en forma de visiones llenas de color; ésas visiones después se transfieren a pulseras, collares y piezas escultóricas como venados, cabezas de vaca y otros animales, que representan a sus dioses.

Éstas coloridas visiones hechas piezas de arte son usadas por la población Wixárika como parte de sus tradiciones, pero algunas de estas piezas son vendidas para generar ingresos para las familias. Muchas veces, éstas artesanías son parcialmente inspiradas por las visiones de los Marakames, pero no son hechas por ellos, en su lugar, son elaboradas por las familias y gente de la comunidad, lo que lleva a que se pierda el sentido de la combinación de colores, obteniendo piezas con combinaciones poco atractivas que son difíciles de vender.

En ONI, nos preocupamos por lo difícil que es para ellos vender estas piezas y generar ingresos adicionales. Esa es la razón por la que decidimos guiar, a través de juegos y manualidades, a los niños y a sus mamás sobre cómo mezclar colores para crear hermosas combinaciones que puedan ser vendidas fácilmente dentro y fuera de las comunidades.

¡Eso es justo lo que hicimos en nuestra última visita a la comunidad de Santa Catarina! Fue una visita muy especial ya que aprovechamos la Semana Santa en la que también es una semana de celebraciones para la comunidad Wixárika. Armamos un grupo grande y especial de más de 15 personas quienes jugaron, midieron, cocinaron y enseñaron a los niños y a sus mamás; también pudimos presenciar una de las principales ceremonias de la semana, lo que fue un momento muy especial para todos nosotros.

Aquí hay algunas fotos de nuestra semana y de las artesanías que están haciendo, ¡esperamos que te gusten!

Gracias por apoyar nuestro proyecto, ¡esperamos saber de ti pronto!

¡Pampariyutsi! (Gracias en Wixárika)

Playing with children
Playing with children
Children working with color
Children working with color
Children playing at Santa Catarina
Children playing at Santa Catarina
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Fernanda at Santa Catarina
Fernanda at Santa Catarina

Dear Donor:

Say Hi to Fernanda and Petra!

A few months ago, we introduced you to the community of Santa Catarina, the location where our project is being held. Today we want you to meet Fernanda and Petra, two of our girls in Santa Catarina.

Fernanda was 9 months old when we first met her, she is the youngest of 3 siblings; she was breastfed before she came to us and started consuming Nutrioni, the fact that she was breastfed, helped us continue her good nutrition, giving her a proper nutritional follow up every month since then. Fernanda now is 6 years old, and she’s a tall and healthy girl. During all this years she has been in a regular nutritional status, but sometimes she faced variations in her diagnoses attached to health issues like colds and stomach infections, but she always overcame. Fernanda is a sweet girl who loves to play around with her siblings and neighbors, but loves even more to be with her mom. She enjoys a lot when ONI visits her community and says that her favorite activity is to participate in the culinary workshops.

Petra was 4 years old when she first came to ONI’s attention. She is the youngest of 4 siblings and all of them were beneficiaries of ONI’s attention. When Petra came to ONI she was diagnosed with moderate undernourishment but in just 1 month she was in the right weight, and has been there since then thanks to great engagement she and her mom have with ONI, they are always at the meeting point when ONI visits Santa Catarina, and Petra’s mom always tells us how much Petra loves to drink her milk (Nutrioni). Now, Petra is a healthy and active 6 year-old-girl, she is curious and talkative with a bubbly and loving personality. She’s always near to ONI’s team and eager to participate in the games and activities the team brings.

At Santa Catarina live at least 90 children, but in the nearby communities the number of children can raise up to 300, that’s why for us it is very important to keep working, bringing nutritional complements and all the nutritional supplies we can to make sure those kids get what they need to have a healthy childhood and a good brain development.

We count on you!!

 

 

 

Querido donante:

¡Saluda a Fernanda y Petra!

Hace algunos meses te presentamos la comunidad de Santa Catarina, la comunidad donde se está ejecutando nuestro proyecto. Hoy queremos presentarte a Fernanda y a Petra, dos de nuestras niñas beneficiarias en Santa Catarina.

Fernanda tenía 9 meses de edad cuando la conocimos, es la menor de 3 hermanos; antes de llegar con nosotros y empezar a consumir el complemento alimenticio Nutrioni, ella se alimentaba con leche materna, esto nos ayudó a continuar con su buena nutrición, dándole un seguimiento nutricional adecuado mes con mes. Fernanda ahora tiene 6 años y es una niña alta y saludable. Durante todos estos años ha tenido un estado nutricio normal, pero en ocasiones su diagnóstico varió debido a problemas de salud como resfriados y enfermedades estomacales, pero siempre se recuperó. Fernanda es una niña muy dulce que disfruta mucho jugando con sus hermanos y vecinos, pero le gusta aún más pasar tiempo con su mamá. Le gusta mucho cuando ONI visita su comunidad y dice que su actividad favorita es participar en los talleres culinarios.

Petra tenía 4 años cuando se acercó por primera vez a la atención de ONI. Es la menor de 4 hermanos y todos ellos han sido beneficiarios de ONI. Cuando Petra llegó a ONI fue diagnosticada con desnutrición moderada, pero en tan sólo 1 mes se recuperó y se ha mantenido así desde entonces gracias al gran compromiso que ella y su mamá tienen con ONI, ellas siempre están en el punto de encuentro cuando ONI llega a Santa Catarina, y la mamá de Petra siempre nos dice cuánto le gusta a Petra tomarse “su leche” (Nutrioni). Ahora, Petra es una niña de 6 años muy activa y saludable, es curiosa y platicadora con una personalidad brillante y cariñosa. Siempre se mantiene cerca del equipo de ONI y le entusiasma participar en los juegos y actividades que el equipo lleva.

En Santa Catarina viven por lo menos 90 niños, pero en las comunidades aledañas el número puede llegar a sumar hasta 300, es por esto que es muy importante para nosotros seguir trabajando, llevando el complemento alimenticio y todos lo nutritivo que se pueda para asegurar que esos niños reciban lo que necesitan para tener una infancia saludable y un buen desarrollo cerebral.

 

¡¡Contamos contigo!!

Petra at Santa Catarina
Petra at Santa Catarina
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Location: Guadalajara - Mexico
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