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Help Break the Cycle of Malnutrition with AMOS!

A team for AMOS HEALTH AND HOPE INC

  • $4,999
    Raised
  • 49
    Donors
  • 8
    Fundraisers

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$4,999 raised of $5,000
($4,799 online, $200 offline)

A passionate team of advocates helping to give all children a healthy start to life and raise funds for AMOS HEALTH AND HOPE...

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Mark Jensen

Mark Jensen fundraising for Help Break the Cycle of Malnutrition with AMOS!

$2,025 11

2

Christy Lafferty

Christy Lafferty: Every Child Deserves a Healthy Start to Life!

$1,350 12

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Jordan & Cassie Timpy

Jordan & Cassie Timpy Fundraising to Help Break the Cycle of Malnutrition with AMOS!

$800 6

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Jonathan Sledge and Deborah Norton

Deborah Norton fundraising to give children in rural Nicaragua a healthy start!

$510 6

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Jessica Chapman-Martinez

Jessica Chapman-Martinez: It Takes A Community to Save A Life

$444 3

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An Nguyen

An Nguyen fundraising for Help Break the Cycle of Malnutrition with AMOS!

$265 4

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Bruce Van Der Beek

Bruce Van Der Beek - Fundraising to Help the Most Vulnerable through AMOS Health and Hope

$235 7

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Alvin Oung

Alvin Oung: Helping Break the Cycle of Malnutrition with AMOS

$50 0

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A Child's Life is So Precious....

When Maykel García Gomez was born, “You could hold him in one hand,” says AMOS Health Promoter in La Consulta, Isabel Peralta.

Maykel was malnourished at birth, and because of his small size his mother hid him from community members out of embarrassment.

Maykel’s health has been a concern of AMOS since even before he was born. Together community health promoter, Isabel, and the AMOS Rural Health Team, have taken the following steps to support Maykel and his mother, Tomasa:

  • Building a relationship of trust and support with Maykel’s parents.
  • Helping Tomasa and her husband understand the importance of giving birth to Maykel in a health center and regularly taking the prenatal vitamins being provided her.
  • Arranging for Tomasa’s transport to the closest health center when she began going into labor.
  • Offering care, education and accompaniment in regular home visits in the first days, weeks, and months of his life to track growth progress, to provide medicine when he became ill with pneumonia, to provide vitamins, to support exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months, as well as to teach complementary feeding (introduction of solid foods) in the months after.
  • Providing fortified milk, easily digestible foods, and supplements with vitamins A, C, zinc and iron for several months while Maykel regains a more normal weight.

Now, Maykel is 9 months old and though he is still small for a child his age, he is becoming stronger and the persistent efforts of health promoter, Isabel, have helped him fight for a healthier life. Maykel gained 1.3 pounds in the past month, showing that his chances for survival and healthy development have improved!

There are many other children like Maykel who need our support. Actions taken in the first 1,000 days of life to treat malnutrition and anemia dramatically improve a child’s health.

These actions include:

  1. Providing moms with prenatal care advice
  2. Ensuring moms take vitamins before and after their child is born
  3. Provide advice on breastfeeding and troubleshooting when it gets difficult
  4. Organizing mentoring groups between experienced moms and young moms
  5. Monitoring children for anemia and supplementing anemic children with iron
  6. Monitoring weight gain to detect and treat malnutrition
  7. Providing food supplements in severe cases of malnourishment

Why Making This Investment Matters

  • We have the tools! - This is entirely preventable and we know what interventions work. They are relatively simple and represent a modest investment per family.
  • Every child deserves a chance - If we believe that all children are entitled to the opportunity to reach their full physical and intellectual potential, we must prioritize programs that address malnutrition in the critical first 1,000 days of life. By neglecting this issue in the world’s most vulnerable populations, we allow for permanent, irreversible impact on the bodies and brains of children.

It is only with your support that we can take a proactive approach. We hope you will join us in reaching out to the most vulnerable people in Nicaragua to improve health and spread hope!

Team Captain

Christine Lafferty Christine Lafferty