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Adrian, Colombia: Vitamins and Supplements

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THE STORY:

When Adrián was two months old, he was diagnosed with severe malnutrition. His mother did not have the money to pay for his treatment. A neighbor told her about Juanfe Foundation, an organization founded by Honoree Catalina Escobar. Adrian's mother sought help from the Juanfe Crib Sponsorship Program. From the day he entered the program, his mother noticed changes in her son. Each month, he steadily increased his weight and his health improved. Two and a half years later, he has gained more than seventeen pounds and no longer suffers from malnutrition. He is a happy and healthy child. He and his mother continue to have access to the Juan Felipe Medical Center for check-ups and nutrition information and support. More Info: Globally, poverty is one of the most important indicators of negative outcomes for children – and one of the most difficult to protect them from. In the worst cases, poverty prevents families from accessing basic medical care and adequate nutrition and young children die from completely preventable conditions. One of the biggest threats to child welfare in Cartagena, especially among children born to poor teenaged mothers, is infant mortality due to malnutrition or inaccessible medical care. Juanfe Foundation, founded by 2015 World of Children Award Humanitarian Honoree Catalina Escobar, seeks to protect children from this worst possible outcome and protect their families, especially teenaged mothers, from the pain of not being able to provide for their children. Their Crib Sponsorship Program and Medical Center Juan Felipe IPS address malnutrition and follow up care and intervention to give children born into poverty the best possible start in life. Just $30 can provide vitamins and supplements for 6 young children like Adrian and help them begin to recover from malnourishment.

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