About Casa Jackson
Casa Jackson is a GOD'S CHILD Project emergency recovery center for malnourished infants and children under the age of 11 years.
An effort to begin a specialized home for malnourished infants was begun by GOD'S CHILD Project Executive Director Patrick Atkinson in 2007 in response to the growing number of near-death infants that were abandoned on the Project's doorstep.
Casa Jackson opened in October 2008 through a primary donation from Gene and Sue Jackson of Dickinson, ND. The Jacksons continue to provide 40% of the operating costs of Casa Jackson, which can house up to 20 severe to critical-care child patients at once. The Casa Jackson staff and volunteers need to raise the rest.
"Infants are the most vulnerable victims of poverty. Children come into the world ready to thrive and grow. When they are denied proper and sufficient nutrition in their diets, their systems are ill-equipped to prepare for it and the consequences can be permanent. Casa Jackson for malnourished Infants is rejuvenating the most defenseless victims of Guatemala: malnourished infants. In addition to professionally treating these young children, it is a safe haven for them, providing them with love and affection."
Casa Jackson exists to provide children with the medical, nutritional, and educational assistance they need for the quickest recovery possible.
The Dilemma of Malnourished Infants in Guatemala
Chronic malnourishment plagues Guatemala with greater frequency and severity than any other Latin American country. Estimates suggest that over 50% of the children of the country are malnourished. The consequences of the condition include: stunted growth, brain damage, xerosis, follicular hyperkeratosis, fatigue, emotional distress, and death. Over half the children between one and five are afflicted with these conditions in Guatemala.
Specifically, Casa Jackson strives to:
- Give each child an exemplary environment for his/her personal development with special attention to the preparation of food, clothing, and hygiene;
- Promote quality nutritional education for families from across Guatemala;
- Teach parents better ways to use locally produced, highly nutritional foods from their own communities for the nourishment of their families;
- Accommodate and provide excellent service for up to 20 children.
Casa Jackson for Malnurished Infants is an international community service project sponsored by the Bismarck, North Dakota-founded and internationally-based GOD'S CHILD Project.