Please meet some of the little ones in our Malnourished Program. First a little history…

Hope for the Island started feeding severely malnourished children one healthy meal per day in 2013.  We anticipated success and the results have been incredible.  We have always fed children healthy meals on our weekly outreaches because many kids are under nourished.  However, for the severely malnourished, we needed to step it up and fast.

Sadly, with no intervention many children will continue to suffer.  Deprived of nutrition, these kids are susceptible to other health complications that can be life threatening.

 

 

The need for this program became clear during follow up visits we had with the pregnant women who were part of our Prenatal Care program. When visiting these villages, we started hearing stories of kids whose basic needs were neglected.  As we sought out more information, we were led to some homes where we encountered precious children in such horrific conditions.

There was no time to be frustrated, angry or cast blame, rather pray how the Lord would have us help these children recover and be healthy.  Rural health Units (RHU) submit to us a list of kids in their vicinity that are in the greatest need. We go out each week to bring supplies of food and take time to care for and counsel these families. We currently receive a soup mix supply donated from Canada that has 16 varieties of nutritious veggies. Along with the soup mix we provide seasonal produce from our organic farm, rice and a milk supplement for each severely malnourished child.

 

Before a child is taken off this program, we make sure they are healthy and the parents are more equipped to care for and feed their children.  Their recovery can take from 4-8 months depending on the circumstances surrounding the child’s condition. With the help of dedicated Barangay health Workers (BHW), the children’s weight and home environment is monitored regularly. For some of these kids it is their first time eating veggies, so it takes time and persistence to help their bodies adjust to a proper balanced diet.

The cost per child is $30 CAD per month. If you would like to help feed a child for one year or one month  DONATE HERE

From Jenn:

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I had the pleasure of driving Let to Del Carmen to follow up with two of the kids in our Hope for the Island Malnourished Program. We were so pleased to see them clean and happy.

ELIZA

Let had so much fun playing the peek a boo game with Eliza. She is 4 years old now and hasn’t progressed much in weight or height. You can definitely see that she interacts well with people and is quite a cheerful little girl. Her mom mentioned that she easily gets sick. Currently her asthma is acting up and she has a bad cough. I was so impressed by this mother. She has another daughter who is 2 years old and is quite healthy. This dear lady found Eliza on the side of the road! Her health has been a challenge from day one. She was very malnourished and her body was covered in skin diseases.  I thanked the mom for her constant love and care and encouraged her that many are praying that Eliza’s lung will become strong and she will gain weight.  Read more…

Posted by: In: Malnourished Children 23 Oct 2013 0 comments

Love requires action.

Early in 2013 Hope for the Island started feeding severely malnourished children a healthy meal per day.  We anticipated success and the results have been incredible.  We have always fed children healthy meals on our weekly outreaches because many kids are under nourished.  However, for the severely malnourished we needed to step it up and fast.

With no intervention, many of these children die each year.  The need for this outreach became clear during the follow up visits with the pregnant women who are part of our Prenatal Care program.  When visiting these villages, we started hearing stories of kids who are neglected and eventually die.  As we sought out more information, we were led to homes where we encountered these precious children in such horrific conditions.

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Posted by: In: Malnourished Children 29 Mar 2013 0 comments

Mercy Ministry keeps us very busy at Hope for the Island. It is one of the ministries that God has used to bring many to saving faith in Jesus Christ. It can look different each day as we encounter those who need a touch from God.

We have a Danish intern couple, Simon and Stephanie at Hope for the Island. They arrived in February and will minister alongside our Hope team for a six month period. They have a heart for the Lord and their passion for kids shone through immediately. This has definitely been an answer to prayer about the need for more full time staff who are willing to carry the load in existing ministries and expand our Mercy Ministry.

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