Nutrition and Water
In Guatemala, 24% of children under five are underweight and 46% suffer stunted growth caused by chronic malnutrition. Many of our students receive little food at home, so healthy and nutritious school meals are vital to their wellbeing ; not only do they help with physical development, they also help them stay focused at school throughout the day.
Prior to our water filter campaign, none of the families we work with had access to safe water. The water they drank and cooked with was dirty and dangerously contaminated and, as a result, the children were frequently ill and absent from classes.
Now, 95% of our families have water filters at home and we'll continue providing them to new ones.