January was the first of our annual “Health Promotion” months that we do every year. Every Embrace child gave urine and stool samples to be sent to the lab. This gives us a clear indication of what parasites that the children may have, that go beyond what our normal parasite pills have dealt with and also gives us other information regarding the general health of each child. In February, every child will receive a medical check-up by a Guatemalan doctor. The doctors will have these lab results in hand, to be able to better diagnose any problems that the child has. These annual lab results plus talking to each child’s parent regarding their health issues; have always identified many health problems that we have then been able to address and seek out help for.
There were no regular monthly meetings for January. The families arrived and each child filled their lab bottles and then received their food bags and other benefits before leaving. A small part of each monthly sponsorship payment that is made; is used to provide these special medical services. We have seen the benefit of doing these screening and check ups and are thankful to the sponsors for providing this medical attention as part of their outreach to their Embrace child. We will let you know the results of our medical check-ups; after we compile all of that data following our February meetings.
We were able to cover many of the newly registered children into the Embrace program by those sponsors who requested a new child, along with some new sponsors who have begun sponsorship. We are truly grateful for each child that we are able to reach out to. We have found some extra special cases recently and have thankfully found donors to cover some of their special needs. Sergio is 6 years old and was registered into the program the beginning of January. Sergio weighed only 15.6 lbs. and was so weak that he cannot even walk. We have started Sergio on Pediasure and also on a product called Plumpy Nut (made with peanut butter, powdered sugar, powdered milk and oil). Besides the regular benefits of Embrace, Sergio is receiving a daily calorie count of 1400 calories. Sergio’s new sponsor is providing extra funding every month to provide these extra supplements to Sergio. In just the first three weeks of using these extra products; Sergio increased his body weight by 30% with an increase of 5.2 lbs! And after just 18 days, he was able to take his first steps, with assistance from his mother. We had taken him to see if he needs physical therapy but they told us that there was no skeletal reason why he couldn’t walk….he was just too weak! Imagine how much more this little boy will improve in the coming months; we will keep you posted. Our Embrace sponsors are truly making a difference in the lives of so many!