Many children in Moreau, like elsewhere in Haiti, are malnourished and underweight. Most families eat two meals per day at best: there is not enough to eat, but there are also not the right kinds of food to eat. Undernourishment (based on daily calorie intake) and lack of critical nutrients (such as Vitamin A and iron) both place Moreau’s children at risk for infectious diseases, anemia, and delayed mental and physical development.
But in the face of many difficulties, the community is working together to improve their lives. Jen Rogers, a Canadian nurse who has been working in Haiti for five years, established a malnutrition clinic in Moreau in January 2017. Every week, mothers from Moreau and two neighboring villages bring their children for a weigh-in to check their progress, then receive nutritional counseling and a week’s worth of mamba - the peanut-based, nutrient-packed supplement pioneered by Meds & Food for Kids .
The clinic, run by an intrepid Haitian nurse, Joanne, has already enrolled over 100 infants and toddlers - and almost 40 have already graduated after achieving recommended weight for age. Each week, Joanne travels to the two villages by motorbike, sometimes taking off her shoes to wade through rivers during rainy season.
But the grant that paid for the mamba is running out in July, and there are still a lot of severely undernourished infants and toddlers who need access to the program. For just $95 (Canadian dollars - about US$72), we can provide supplemental nutrition to a malnourished child for a month, the average time needed to achieve a healthy weight and graduate from the program. That's less than $100 Canadian dollars to transform a severely malnourished child into a plump, happy baby ready to learn and grow. Our group is paying Joanne’s salary and transportation, which means that 100% of every dollar donated goes straight to buying mamba for the kids!
Our goal is to enroll five children per month from Moreau and another village, Moka, for a total of $1,140 Canadian dollars per month and $13,680 Canadian dollars for the year. Any amount helps!
We believe that every child deserves the chance at a healthy life. Can you chip in to help us give them that chance?
Jen, Ellen, Hannah, Kristen, and Meredith
(There has been a change in this account to reflect the Canadian currency that the funds are now being collected in. Each box costs 72$US = 95$Canadian.
Sorry for any confusion)