Category Archives: Incaperina

Incaperina Report

Hello again

Here is a report showing some of the cases we have taken on and others recovered in the last three months at the centre.

We thought that translating the weights from kilos to pounds might help you there.

The week before last was a pretty dreadful one in that five children died – four on our program – in just one week. One was HIV positive, another had hepatitis. There were three from one community. The guys went out to investigate and found a contaminated water source. In comparison we had eight in the whole of last year.

There is no doubt that the situation is getting worse and the Muni and health services failing to address it.

Gracias and Saludos Yvonne

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Incaperina program

We have been helping the Incaperina program for years.  This building we helped rehab and built the benches, tables, paint, built temporary walls, and purchased chairs.  It is now officially open and will help distribute Incaperina more efficiently into the mountain villages.

Thank you all for supporting such a great cause.  We will continue to support.  Oscar and roberto go out each week to the villages looking for mothers and babies that need our help.  We are saving lives each day. =====================

Hi Gordon and Susan and all the volunteers who made this possible

We take great pleasure in informing you of the inauguration of our Centre of Nutrition and Education in Salud, which took place on July 20. We are very sorry that you were unable to join us and share in the celebration of the work and contribution that CAF made to this valuable resource for the most vulnerable families of Senahu. Many of our friends from town attended the event and others, including elders, came later to enjoy a rico bowl of caldo and chuchos. The deputy mayor and several councillors are shown on the top table with (from right to left) Lidia, Oscar and Roberto. (You can’t see it here, but the chief of police ended up eating with a shoeshine boy who snuck in to have lunch.)If you would like to enjoy a flapping, Spanglish speech, here it is:

Thanks again for  your invaluable support in getting the centre up and running.

Kind regards Yvonne

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Another Miracle!

Jan. 27, 2015

The first week of January we were in Senahu, Guatemala.  We went specifically at this time so we could be at the Incaperina distribution to the 100 mothers that came this month.

I sat right beside Yvonne as she checked each child, noting weight gain or loss and looking at each child carefully to see signs of progress or illness.  Careful, detailed information is kept on each child and Yvonne would tell me a little about each.  A child was brought to our table for examination.  Yvonne explained that the mother of the child had died in child birth and this was the 14 year-old sister who was now taking care of the family of 7.  The child was crying and sick looking.  According to the weigh-in, he had not gained weight but had lost 1 kilo.  As we examined Ronaldi closer, we felt that he had a fever and his eyes were watery and not normal.  Yvonne made the decision that this little boy needed immediate medical care.  We ran to find Gordon so that he could transport the baby and sister to the nearest medical facility which was an hour and a half down the mountain at LaTinta.

At the “hospital” Gordon made sure that the child was seen quickly.  The doctor checked the baby and determined that there were many issues that needed attention, including sepsis, severe malnutrition, herpes of the mouth and dehydration. He was immediately started on an IV.  The sister and baby were left at the hospital.

The next day Gordon and Yvonne went again to the hospital to see how the baby was doing and also to make preparation for the sister to have food and a place to stay.  The doctor approached Yvonne and in a scolding manner said, “You have got to get these babies to us sooner!  If this child had come in even 2 hours later, I don’t know that we could have saved him.”

We checked in on the child every day.  Even after we had come home, we checked with Yvonne on his progress.  We prayed for him every day and asked that our family pray for little Ronaldi in Guatemala.

Today we received an email from Yvonne with news of Ronaldi’s recovery.  He was being released from the hospital after 3 weeks.  The photo showed a cute little boy with a huge smile on his face.  He looked strong and better.

I know that had his sister not brought him to the Incaperina distribution that day…and had Yvonne not been alert to the child’s condition…and had Gordon not been ready and available to IMMEDIATELY take the child to the hospital, this child would not have survived.  We know that there was a miracle that took place that day.  A miracle to save a life in the mountains of Guatemala.

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Incaperina dates

These are the dates we meet with the mothers and babies in Senahu and give them a 2 months supply of Incaperina.

For those thinking of going down, it would be good to have them go on these dates to help.

Feb. 24

March 24

April 28

May 26

June 30

July 28

Aug. 25

Sept. 29

Oct. 27

Nov. 24

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Guatemala Visit

What an amazing experience it has been here in Guatemala.  It is hard to keep from crying.  Every day we see such poverty and want.  I can´t sleep at night thinking of the poor conditions.  Tuesday was the Incaperina distribution.  Over 100 mothers received either milk or Incaperina, depending on the age of the child.  Good news was that 8 children were at a healthy weight and were released from the program.  Sad news is that there are 15 severly malnourished children that now need to be on the program. One on the children that came for the distribution we could tell was very sick.  We grabbed Gordon and sent him with the baby and the older sister to the hospital that is one hour away.  They said the child was very sick and named at least 5 things that were wrong.  Gordon and Yvonne went back the next morning and they had the baby on IVs.  The doctor came to Yvonne and said, ¨You´ve got to get these babies to us faster.  He said that if we had waited even 2 more hours the baby would have died.  The baby was in a family of 9.  The mother had died in childbirth and the 14 yr old sister was caring for the family.  We bought them food.  There was another baby that need to go to the hospital also but she wouldn´t go because she didn´t have permission from her husband.  She lived 4 hours walking distance from Senahu.  One mother had walked 5 hours to be to the distribution by 9.  It is so unbelievable.

I have people waiting for me so I have to go.  Hopefully I can get back to a computer in a couple of hours.  We are leaving here today.  It is a 9 hour drive back to Guatemala City and we are going to take it in 2 pieces.

Just have to say the missionaries here are so amazing.  I just bless them for the work they are doing in these conditions.  And I pray with all my heart for the missionaries from our family that are working for the Lord in these conditions.  My heart is full of things I want to tell you.  I love you all.  PS.  Tell Lacey and Eliza that practially every kid in Senahu has a bracelet that they have made!

I have to go.

Love Susan Carter

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Incaperina Update

We have been busy developing a way of reporting regularly on progress with the programmes you fund (Senahu and El Volcan).

As you can imagine, getting and maintaining all the weight data and pics is a time-consuming task, and I have very little, and only occasional, admin support. But here is what I hope will be an effective way to keep you up to date every quarter.

Gracias and saludos Yvonne

Click on the reports below to see the results.

Incaperina Report 1

Incaperina Report 2

Milk Leavers Senahu & El Volcan

Milk Leavers Senahu & El Volcan 2

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Incaperina Update

We have been busy developing a way of reporting regularly on progress with the programmes you fund (Senahu and El Volcan).

As you can imagine, getting and maintaining all the weight data and pics is a time-consuming task, and I have very little, and only occasional, admin support. But here is what I hope will be an effective way to keep you up to date every quarter.

Gracias and saludos Yvonne

Click on the reports below to see the results.

Incaperina Report 1

Incaperina Report 2

Milk Leavers Senahu & El Volcan

Milk Leavers Senahu & El Volcan 2

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Incaperina FAQ

1. How long has the program been running? We started in one village – San Nicolas – following a visit there by a CAF dentist group in 2006, who were struck by the levels of malnutrition and offered to fund a nutrition programme there. A year or so later we moved the programme to the town of Senahu, operating it partnership with the health centre to reach the most severely malnourished children from the all the region.

2. What measurable results have we seen? Life expectancy increases? (I need concrete statistical data) Children are referred to the programme by healthworkers and weighed with interview every 2 months. They leave the programme when they reach normal weight (for their height) and stabilise there. We have full excel data from the start of 2011, which we use to chart the child’s progress. For other purposes we hope to be able to analyse the data. E.g. establish monthly average increases in response to new protocols. We also take before/after pics (I will send some).

How do we measure our success? Do we coordinate our efforts with any other non-profits or NGOs in the area? Can I look up data on the World Health Organization’s website? Success is measured by: 1) Achieving healthy weights and maintaining them for 6 months, according to WHO standards 2) Rate of relapses/readmissions –

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