Guatemala has the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world. Almost 50 percent of children under five are stunted, and in indigenous areas, 65 percent of the population is chronically malnourished.
With a grant from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, International Food Relief Partnerships (IRFP) program, we provide impoverished families with Nutributter, a nutritional food supplement for children six to 24 months old, which contains vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients to promote growth, motor development, and aid in the prevention of illness and malnutrition when used daily over a sustained period of at least 10 months.
We have provided nutritional and health assistance in Guatemala for 23 years, including our Better Vision—Brighter Future program, which provides vision screening and eyeglasses to rural communities with low access to health care.
Yansi is a happy four-year-old girl living in a remote region of Guatemala. Looking at her now, you would never know she was very sick and close to death the first year of her life.
Catalina struggles every day to provide enough food for her kids. They eat corn and beans from their one-acre family plot that her husband farms, but they go hungry during the dry months from March to August.