Every Friday morning at the Dreamer Center, mothers congregate to receive donations of fresh, local produce and dry goods. This ensures their families have nutritious meals for the coming week and helps offset food costs. To participate, women must simply attend their weekly Mothers’ Club meeting. Throughout the week, the donations department collects fresh produce and dry goods from restaurants, farms, plantations and farming cooperatives in Guatemala.
More than half of Guatemalan children under the age of 5 suffer from malnutrition, the highest rate in Latin America. Casa Jackson is a private hospital opened in 2008 to address Guatemala’s chronic malnutrition problem by providing intensive rehabilitative treatment to infants and children suffering from acute malnutrition and its side effects.
Equipped to treat 20 patients at a time, babies and children are admitted to Casa Jackson by their families or through referrals from local health centers. An international team of volunteers assist 24 hours a day with feeding, bathing, changing diapers, and spending time with the children. Throughout the treatment process, Casa Jackson staff involves families through regular visits and education about nutrition and child care. Social workers continue checking in with families to make sure the children continue to grow up strong and healthy. Casa Jackson also conducts field clinics to monitor malnutrition, educate the public on proper nutrition, and identify patients.