16,000 meals are served
at our homes every day

Nutrition

Nutrition Issues in Latin America

Over half the children in the developing world are severely deprived of basic necessities, including
proper nutrition, adequate shelter, safe water and quality health care. They beg and scavenge
to survive. These vulnerable children are often malnourished and are more likely to die from
preventable diseases. For millions of children, the idea of three meals a day is only a dream.
In Latin America, it is estimated that 60% of all children under 12 years old live in poverty. As a
result, approximately 27-28% of all children are estimated to be underweight or stunted resulting
from not eating enough food, consuming a vitamin- and mineral-poor diet, and/or having a disease.
As growth slows, brain development lags and children have trouble learning.
NPH Mexico, Dominican Republic and Honduras

Nutrition at NPH

Improving the children’s health and keeping them healthy is a priority of NPH. Children who are sick or malnourished are less likely to learn, grow, advance developmentally or succeed in school. Upon arrival, each child is evaluated by the NPH medical team and treated for any medical conditions they have, including malnutrition.

Our homes strive to be as self-sufficient as possible. Each one grows fruit and vegetables, and some raise cattle, poultry and even fish. In addition, many homes run their own bakeries. The children participate in the food production and learn valuable skills on how to raise and prepare their own food.

The global economic crisis has impacted funding at the same time that food prices have dramatically increased. Our homes struggle to continue to provide the children with the nutritious meals that are vital to their growth and development. Higher cost protein sources, such as meat and poultry, have been replaced with beans or eggs. In some homes, the children are now only eating meat once per week.

By the Numbers

The children receive three meals and up to two snacks a day. The average meal consists of rice, beans and some form of protein. Each month, the homes use:

14,000 pounds of rice
15,000 pounds of rice
63,000 eggs

How you can help

By maximizing resources, the homes are able to feed each child for less than $2.50 per day. However, with over 3,200 children, it costs over $3 million per year to feed everyone. Your gift can help provide life-saving nourishment to our children, allowing them to grow into healthy and productive adults.

NPH Guatemala - photo by Kyra Knoff

$1,250 buys a dairy cow for an NPH home
$2,500 feeds 1,000 children for one day
$5,000 provides beans for 331 children for one year
$10,000 delivers milk for 1,040 children for one month
$25,000 purchases pig feed for NPH Mexico for one year
$50,000 buys rice for 450 children for one year

 

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