Embrace Entries Updates for May 2022

There were some special things that happened in the month of April with our Embrace families. 175 families were given seed corn and fertilizer for their soon to be planted corn crop; due to a special offering that was given. Fertilizer has more than doubled in price since last year and so it was a huge blessing for these families to receive this benefit. Most of our Embrace families live off the land and that provides the little bit of food that they have to sustain their families. So having the means to get a better harvest is huge. Now, we just have to pray that they get adequate rain; in amount and in timing!

We started to do “home visits” for our new families that have come into Embrace over the last year. This is to be able to see first-hand how the family is living, special needs that we need to be aware of, confirm the data that we have been given etc. There are 53 families that will be visited and we hope to get those done before the rainy season begins; which would make travel much more difficult.

The children were weighed and evaluated for their nutritional levels at the April meetings; something we track 3-4 times a year. Every family received a plastic tub and bottle of bleach, along with their food bag in April. The special health talk was given (as we do once a year) to teach the families how to properly disinfect their fruit and vegetables and how to use proper hygienic measures with food preparation etc. 

We continue to work on installing latrines for families who do not have them. The moringa seeds have been planted and are being cared for until we hand the trees out in our May meetings. The families are preparing their garden plots for the “garden in a bag” that they will receive at their May meeting. Families that have done this before saw the benefits that it brings are anxious to do it again.

 

 

A Personal Profile

We want to give you a better look at just what the Embrace program can do to change the life of a child. We found Sergio in December 2018; he was brought to our registration to find new children to sign up for the Embrace program. Sergio has 6 other siblings in his family; he is also a special need child. Sergio’s biggest issue was that he was emaciated; he was six years old and he weighed 15.6 lbs! That is the weight of a child less than a year old, even here in Guatemala! He was truly nothing more than skin and bones. The mom allowed us to take some pictures, away from the view of others, without his shirt; to see his true condition. As much as the Embrace program provides; we knew that this was a special case where MORE was required! Thanks to a sponsor who took Sergio on and was willing to send extra; we were able to put Sergio on Pediasure milk and also on a product, called Plumpy Nut; that we make from peanut butter, oil, powdered sugar and powdered milk. Sergio had never walked in his 6 years; strictly due to the fact that he had no strength or muscle development to allow him to do so. After only 19 days of being on the “extra assistance” that we gave him; Sergio took his first “assisted steps”, with his mother holding his hands. In just six months, Sergio has more than doubled his body weight! On the nutritional chart that we use to evaluate the children; he went from extreme dark red (which is critical malnourishment) to coming into green (which is a healthy level of nutrition for a child in proportion to their height and weight)! Sergio is building his confidence to begin to walk on his own and strengthen the muscles that are finally developing for him; due to the proper nutrition and assistance that he has received! It has been a pure joy to see the transformation of this child and to realize the difference that can be made; as we give that child their needed nutrition. It is a testimony to the Embrace program and to 100s of sponsors that we have that make that change available to the children that they are helping. We praise God for the change that we have seen in Sergio and hope that it has impacted you as well. Help us to find more sponsors to begin to make that difference in the life of other children! The children are “out there”; we just need people who want to reach out to them and see that transformation happen!

For further information on how you can participate in sponsoring a child contact either:

Doug and Sandi Reed

or
Nancy Sheldon