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Guatemala

What a trip this has been. The Guatemala scenery is beyond description. Beautiful. We have had 3 other adults with us and they agree. One has been to Peru and Hawaii.

We have been busy giving away the luggage stuff we brought. It has been most interesting. We went to a new branch here in Quetzal and the thing they were most excited about was the empty suitcases we left for future missionaries. They said they were going to hang them both on the little chapel wall. By the way the chapel was a house and we held the sacrament meeting in the double car garage. This is the second Sunday they have held sacrament. We are helping them put up a couple of walls to make more classrooms. Very poor area.

We head for the capital tomorrow. A lot to show and talk about when we return.

The Incaperina program is doing more than I thought. Very happy with that.

We hope to be home a week from Wednesday. Hope to see you all then.

BE GOOD AND DO GOOD.

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Amazing Days

Hello everyone, I just have a few minutes to let you know that we are now out of the mountains and will be in Guatemala City tomorrow. We have had such an amazing experience as we have handed out the incaperina. There were at least 6 sets of twins. They have a hard time because they usually have low birth weight and then the mother doesn’t usually have enough milk. I saw at least one child that I doubt will live. He was an older boy about 3 but just laid in his mothers lap. All the children were very lethargic.

Stayed at a fantastic place last night, a coffee plantation high in the mountains. I have to go for the minute but I´ll write later tonight.

Susan

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Incaperina program in Guatemala

This came from our contact in Guatemala on the Incaperina program. Your dollars have done wonders on to help this little girl. Thank you so much for your donations.

Charity Anywhere Foundation provides funds to buy Incaperina, a nutritious mush meal for pregnant and new mothers. A health clinic at Senahu distributes the powder meal to the mothers in most need. Each month they weigh the child and charts its progress. The first picture is a child 15 months ago. The second is now. A miracle of miracles. I suggest you have your children see these pictures. I invite you to help. $52 will feed a child this meal each day for a year. 100% of your tax deductible donation goes to the program. We have a volunteer in Guatemala that handles the distribution each month. She charges us nothing.

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Just quickly, because still in the mountains, but here is a before and after picture of this little girl who we signed off the programme this week (after 15 months).

15 Months ago

Now

Mil gracias for your continued support! Yvonne

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Senahu Nutrition Program

I don’t know if you have heard yet from Lauren, but we were together in Senahu for the Incaparina distribution last week. It was pretty tough… Passing through San Nicolas we were stopped by one of the mothers carrying a small child with severe burns all over its torso. We took them to meet the ambulance, and then in Senahu came a family whose toddler daughter had also badly burnt her arm the day before. They walked for five hours through the mountains to pick up their Incaparina, and then took her to the health centre for treatment. Protecting children from accidents around the fire is definitely something we will be including in the health education films… This time the distribution took place in the town’s maternal centre (one room). Next time we have been promised use of a larger facility where we won’t have to all get wet in the rain.

All the children were weighed…

… and their weights recorded. We now have the help of two health centre staff, as well as one woman, Matilde, who is paid for the day. Lauren helped enormously with this and the education films – as well as working for WHO. We really are very grateful and hope to see her here again soon. This is was Petrona last year (I sent you pictures of her in January). We didn’t think she would survive. This is Petrona now, recovered and with her cleft palate operated on by US surgeons in Antigua. It was good to be able to tell this mother that her child will also be able to have the surgery once she has been on the programme for a few months and is stronger. This 22-year-old mother arrived at the centre asking for Incaparina for her child. Normally she would have had to be referred by a doctor or health worker, but in her case we made an exception. Her husband had died suddenly three weeks earlier. The shock stopped the milk for her 4-day-old baby, and she had been left with no money to buy any, nor feed herself or her other child. This child, new to the programme, has normal weight only because of swelling, but shows the scalp sores symptomatic of malnutrition.

The next Incaparina distribution will be end October.

Later this month I will meet with health centre staff to review

weights, etc.   A couple of children’s weights hadn’t increased.

It seems they are fed nothing but the Incaparina, since there

is no money to buy them food, which is why they ended up

on the programme in the first place. We will also be looking

at a strategy to deal with these cases.

Thank you, as ever, for your support.

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Senahu Nutrition Program

I don’t know if you have heard yet from Lauren, but we were together in Senahu for the Incaparina distribution last week. It was pretty tough… Passing through San Nicolas we were stopped by one of the mothers carrying a small child with severe burns all over its torso. We took them to meet the ambulance, and then in Senahu came a family whose toddler daughter had also badly burnt her arm the day before. They walked for five hours through the mountains to pick up their Incaparina, and then took her to the health centre for treatment. Protecting children from accidents around the fire is definitely something we will be including in the health education films… This time the distribution took place in the town’s maternal centre (one room). Next time we have been promised use of a larger facility where we won’t have to all get wet in the rain.

All the children were weighed…

… and their weights recorded. We now have the help of two health centre staff, as well as one woman, Matilde, who is paid for the day. Lauren helped enormously with this and the education films – as well as working for WHO. We really are very grateful and hope to see her here again soon. This is was Petrona last year (I sent you pictures of her in January). We didn’t think she would survive. This is Petrona now, recovered and with her cleft palate operated on by US surgeons in Antigua. It was good to be able to tell this mother that her child will also be able to have the surgery once she has been on the programme for a few months and is stronger. This 22-year-old mother arrived at the centre asking for Incaparina for her child. Normally she would have had to be referred by a doctor or health worker, but in her case we made an exception. Her husband had died suddenly three weeks earlier. The shock stopped the milk for her 4-day-old baby, and she had been left with no money to buy any, nor feed herself or her other child. This child, new to the programme, has normal weight only because of swelling, but shows the scalp sores symptomatic of malnutrition.

The next Incaparina distribution will be end October.

Later this month I will meet with health centre staff to review

weights, etc.   A couple of children’s weights hadn’t increased.

It seems they are fed nothing but the Incaparina, since there

is no money to buy them food, which is why they ended up

on the programme in the first place. We will also be looking

at a strategy to deal with these cases.

Thank you, as ever, for your support.

View Larger Map

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