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Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children

by Shoulder to Shoulder, Inc.
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children

Note:  Even though Dr. Jan Tepe is writing about DENTAL services -- the children she writes about are the same children who are in StS's nutrition program.

It was a trip I’d wanted to do for nearly ten years. We had heard about a community in the area of San Marcos de Sierra that was “the poorest of the poor”. We’d already established school dental health programs in Santa Lucia and Concepcion and wondered what could be next. I mentioned the possibility of visiting this community, the poorest of the poor, called Delicias, to Laura Manship some months ago. She herself had made the hike and cautiously discouraged us from trying to get there. It’s a long and difficult hike, up one side of a mountain and then down the other side. We discussed the obstacles of the hike with our group – two dental hygienists, the Honduran dentist and her assistant, a public health dentist, and our two drivers/guides. Everyone agreed to the plan. The trek began at 4:00 am when the truck arrived to meet us near the square in Concepcion. After a half hour or so on the main road we turned onto the dirt road. For the next hour we bumped and bounced over ruts and rocks, up hills so steep I didn’t think it was possible for a vehicle to climb. So this is what four wheel drive is for! In 20 years of travel to Honduras, these roads were as bad as any I’d ever seen.

Eventually, the road ended and the two trucks were tucked in close to an embankment. We donned our backpacks filled with dental supplies and water and set out. The path up begins somewhat wide with sharp drop-offs to the valley. Ahead of us was a Honduran woman in a dress and sandals carrying a box that was held by a nylon net looped over her forehead and hanging down her back. Our group spread out, each of us stopping as necessary to catch our breath and admire the spectacular scenery. The sun had come up and it was a beautiful day. The woman disappeared from sight and presumably took a shortcut too steep for us, but we later saw her on the other side of the mountain. Up, up, up, through a narrow ridge with scrubby foliage where the terrain fell off on both sides. 

After 2 hours we were rewarded with the sight of the village. This isn’t your normal village. We saw three buildings – a public health clinic, a school, and a small pulperia. People in this area live tucked away, far from one another. We set up our supplies outside the school and waited until the children and their parents arrived. There is no electricity in Delicias and little contact with the outside world. The people are neat and clean with little girls wearing dresses and mothers wearing homemade dresses and sandals. Dra. Idalia gave a talk, discussing how to brush teeth, why we brush teeth, diet, and what we planned to do.

And what exactly did we plan? Well, after each child had brushed their teeth, we examined their teeth and applied a material called silver diamine fluoride (SDF) to areas of decay. SDR kills the bacteria in the cavity and stops the decay. Sometimes this require two or three applications. The downside is that the areas of decay turn black. The upside is it is painless, requires no injection, and the teeth are saved. This material in gaining popularity, especially in developing countries. After seeing first hand the difficulties in simply getting to this community, we understood why these people cannot come to our clinic and also why it would be impossible to get portable equipment to them.

The kids and parents were great. Of the 50 or so children that we saw, only one little guy about 4 years old screamed his head off. The others patiently waited in line and then compliantly opened their mouths while we strange looking, tall, pale people dabbed stuff on their teeth.

Shortly before noon we left Delicias to do the hike in reverse. If up the mountain was strenuous, down the mountain was scary, with steep switchbacks every 15 feet or so and loose scree. Walking on marbles, down a playground slide would describe it. The way back was no easier, but somehow the way home always seems shorter. We have a new appreciation for the lives of the people on the other side of the moutain.

Jan Tepe, DDS, in Delicias, Intibuca, Honduras
Jan Tepe, DDS, in Delicias, Intibuca, Honduras
Delicias, Intibuca, Honduras
Delicias, Intibuca, Honduras
Ronald Quintero first Honduran to summit Mt Denali
Ronald Quintero first Honduran to summit Mt Denali

Ronald Quintero set two goals:

1)  To climb Mt. Denail

2)  To raise $5000 for Shoulder to Shoulder's Nutrition Program.

Here is what he recently wrote:

Me enorgullece anunciar que el 29 de mayo a las 5:52 p.m. hora local de Alaska, obtuve una cumbre exitosa del Monte Denali con una altura de 20,310 pies / 6,190 m. Esta ha sido la escalada más dura que he hecho hasta hoy en día y quiero dedicarla a los niños de Honduras. Gracias a todos y a todos por los bellos mensajes! Yo me encuentro bien, haciendo mi retorno a casa para recuperarme.

Ronald Quintero//

 English translation: 

I’m proud to announce that on May 29 at 5:52PM local Alaska time, I had a successful summit of Mount Denali with an elevation of 20,310 ft / 6,190 m. This has been the toughest climb I have ever done and I want to dedicate it to the children of Honduras. Thank you to each and everyone for the uplifting messages. I’m doing great & headed home for recovery.

 

Ronald met his first goal.  Won't you help him to reach his second goal? 

 

Federación Hondureña de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada
June 4
Felicitamos al montañista hondureño Ronald Quintero, que este 29 de mayo a las 5:52 p.m. hora local de Alaska, ha llegado a la cima del Monte Denali con una altura de 6,190 msnm, siendo el primer hondureño en estar en esa montaña. Esta es la cuarta montaña de su proyecto de las 7 cumbres del mundo. 

El monte Denali (anteriormente denominado monte McKinley) es la montaña más alta de América del Norte, con una altitud de 6190 metros. Está situado en la cordillera de Alaska, en el centro-sur del estado de Alaska (Estados Unidos). A pesar de no ser uno de los más altos del mundo, el desnivel que hay que superar (unos 4000 m desde el campo base), junto a las bajas temperaturas, dada su cercanía al círculo polar ártico, hacen del Denali uno de los picos más complicados de ascender. El nombre Denali significa «el Grande» en las lenguas atabascanas.  En hora buena Ronald:  muchos éxitos en tus próximos proyectos….
English translation:

We congratulate the Honduran mountaineer Ronald Quintero, who this May 29 at 5:52 p.m. local time of Alaska, has reached the top of Mount Denali with a height of 6,190 meters, being the first Honduran to summit that mountain. This is the fourth mountain of his project to climb  the 7 highest summits of the world.

Mount Denali (formerly called Mount McKinley) is the highest mountain in North America, with an altitude of 6190 meters. It is located in the mountain range of Alaska, in the center-south of the state of Alaska (the United States). Despite not being one of the highest in the world, the slope that must be overcome (about 4000 m from the base camp), together with the low temperatures, given its proximity to the Arctic Circle, make the Denali one of the peaks more complicated to ascend. The name Denali means "the Great" in the Atabascan languages.  Ronald:  many successes in your next projects ....

 

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Mother and 3 children January 2019
Mother and 3 children January 2019

The MANI 5 Extension grant started on September 1, 2018. It was designed as a 12 month project, with an ending date of August 30, 2019.

Starting at the beginning of September, Shoulder to Shoulder worked with the Mathile Institute to place an order of Chispuditos with Alimentos (the company in Guatemala that produces the product).  The order was meant to provide enough Chispuditos for the October 2018 and January 2019 distributions. Unfortunately, due to a problem with the testing of the product, the delivery of the product was delayed for two months. This meant that there was NO DISTRIBUTION of Chispuditos in October 2018, as should have happened.

Once the testing problem was resolved, a new problem arose – due to changes in the Honduran government, Alimentos was not allowed to transport the product into Honduras. The problem was finally resolved in January 2019, with Alimentos contracting with another company to bring the product into Honduras. The Chispuditos arrived at StS’s clinic the 3rd week of January. Our staff worked hard, and by the first week of Feb, all families received their 3 bags of Chispuditos.

We were succesfully able to get the micronutrient product delivered to the 2800 children due to the collaboration between our 2 MANI project staff and 23 Community Health Workers.  This project is truly a "community effort." 

 

Mother and youngest child January 2019
Mother and youngest child January 2019
Enermila and her 3 children
Enermila and her 3 children

Recent report from our Nutrition Team: 

"Enermila has four children, three of which are receiving the nutritional supplement Chispuditos. She lives in a very small village and she is very poor. Her husband is very strict with her. He won't let her have visitors in the house. He won't allow her to go anywhere. He is, as we say here, very machista.

Enermila has to walk over an hour with her four children to have them weighed, measured, and receive the nutritional supplement. She has to figure out a way to do it that won't cause her husband to get angry and not allow her to go. We had to figure out a way to get to see her in her home. We managed to find out when her husband was not there and visited her. She was so pleased to see us and offered us hospitality in her humble home. She was very grateful for the program and told us that her three children in the program are having less health issues since getting the supplement. She has a great deal of difficultly buying milk for her children so the Chispuditos is a godsend. Her husband will not give her much money as he has other families to take care of."

Every 3 months, the Shoulder to Shoulder staff go out into 15 different communities to ensure that vulnerable babies and small children receive the micronutrient supplement called Chispuditos.  Children who are lacking in necessary micronutrients suffer from poor brain development, anemia, stunting and under-nutrition.  The children live in mountainous areas and it is extremely difficutl to get to those areas. 

Want to get a feel for what it means to "Climb Mountains to Feed Children"?  Watch this great video, produced for Shoulder to Shoulder by Mallory Brown.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=2xVWW0V1QG4 

This project would not be possible if not for the generosity of two important donors: 

Mathile Institute -- provided us with a $50,000 grant; and

Tim and Kathleen Gunderman -- provided us with $22,000.  

Not everyone can provide gifts as large as those.  But, we are equally grateful to the 135 Individual Donors who made contributions to this project in 2018.

 

Won't you consider making an End of the Year Contribution to this project?! 

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Manuel with Nutrition Curriculum
Manuel with Nutrition Curriculum

It has been a very exciting 3 months. We just learned that the Mathile Institute will provide Shoulder to Shoulder with a grant of $50,000.  This is a matching grant.....we need to raise $50,000 so that the program will be funded for an entire year.  We started the new project year on September 1, 2018.  With luck -- and lots of supporters -- we can keep the program going until August 30, 2019.

Along with distributing the Chispuditos micronutrient product, we are now also providing nutritional education to the mothers and fathers in our program. Thanks to the generosity of Jessica Minesinger, one of the members of Shoulder to Shoulder's Board of Directors, Community Health workers now have a nutrition curriculum to use. We are hopeful that this education will also help to improve the health of the children in our program. Families lack information about good nutrition, and many children fill up on sugary drinks and salty snacks.  

Mallory Brown recently made a video in which she featured our program director, Gisela Ramos.  In the video, you see Gisela using the educational curriculum while making a presentation to the families.  If you'd like to feel like you're hiking along the mountains of Honduras, providing the micronutrient supplement to families, watch this video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=2xVWW0V1QG4

Heath Promoters learning the curriculum
Heath Promoters learning the curriculum

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Shoulder to Shoulder, Inc.

Location: Dayton, OH - USA
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Laura Manship
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Dayton, OH United States
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