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Cognitive Development for Malnourished Children in Guatemala

Organized by: Hannah Rice

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THE STORY:

Guatemala has the worst malnutrition rate in Latin America and ranks 4th in the world (WINGS). Casa Jackson, a Guatemalan clinic, provides free treatment for severely malnourished children. The physical manifestations of malnutrition are often visible; however hidden beneath the surface these children also suffer from severe cognitive delays caused by the lack of adequate nutrients.  During a recent internship at Casa Jackson, we found that, sadly, there are not enough resources to aid in the mental development of the children.

We started a project while at Casa Jackson to provide mental stimulation for children undergoing nutritional care, including singing Spanish children’s songs, engaging children in applications on a tablet, hanging mobiles over cribs, and providing color matching materials (to improve vocabulary, linguistics, and hand-eye coordination). We observed the children’s reactions during these activities, and based on the increase in vocalization, use of motor skills, and interactions with sensory stimuli, the children at Casa Jackson appear to be greatly benefiting.

Unfortunately, as we left Guatemala at the end of July 2014, many of these resources are currently not available to these children, as the materials were temporary, hand-made constructions. We have individuals willing to continue working with the children, but it can only be achieved with the generous help of your donations! We would love to be able to provide the clinic with mobiles, color matching games, building blocks, and other learning materials so that the children at Casa Jackson can not only develop physically, but mentally as well.

$1,088

 

136% Raised of $800 Goal

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  • Karen Anne Richardson

     

  • Nancy Palmer

    $100

  • Bristol Winslow

    $25

  • Aunt Leslie

    $100

  • Leana LJ

    $40

  • Suzi Wiley

    $100

  • Vic and Dawn

    $50

  • Sherry Robin

    $100

  • The Sheline family

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Hans, Diane, Greg, Jeanne, Marion

    $325

  • Lisi Martinez Lotz

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Andy Rice

    $38

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Hannah Rice

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Donor Comments

Andy Rice

Andy Rice

DONATION: $38

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

In memory of Kathleen MacPhee, who always reminded us to count our blessings. 4 years ago

Lisi Martinez Lotz

Lisi Martinez Lotz

4 years ago

Hans, Diane, Greg, Jeanne, Marion

Hans, Diane, Greg, Jeanne, Marion

DONATION: $325

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 years ago

The Sheline family

The Sheline family

DONATION: $100

To honor Hannah and Karyn for all their hard work this summer. They are making a difference. 4 years ago

Sherry Robin

Sherry Robin

DONATION: $100

I am donating this money to celebrate my good friend, Rosemary Rice's 50th birthday!!!!!!! Plus I have visited Casa Jackson and I think its a wonderful program that I hope to visit again when I am in Antigua next summer. 4 years ago

Vic and Dawn

Vic and Dawn

DONATION: $50

Love what you are doing. You are amazing. 4 years ago

Suzi Wiley

Suzi Wiley

DONATION: $100

Great inspiration and intention! I am happy to support your efforts! 4 years ago

Leana LJ

Leana LJ

DONATION: $40

4 years ago

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