This is Domenica, a child who was so anemic and weak that she could not go out to play with her friends, or even attend school. Her mother always thought that cooking in a healthy way was expensive, and all they could afford was a lot of junk food. They both went to a community center run by Children International, and were enrolled in the nutrition Program. Domenica had a full checkup and evaluation, and her mother was enrolled in nutrition workshops and cooking classes. Now, their meals include plenty of vegetables, fruit, and proteins. After a month, Domenica went back for a checkup and was happy to hear that she had gained weight, and her anemia problem had gone away. She felt good enough to attend school, and her mental skills have improved and so have her grades! There are hundreds of sponsored children like Domenica who have benefited from the Nutrition Program at Children International community centers in Quito.
The Collette Foundation has officially launched our first Global Flagship Project. The purpose of launching a flagship program is to make a deeper impact in one place through concentrated effort, funding and closer work with our international partner leading to lasting, sustainable change. As we add to our worldwide global footprint that has been established with legacy programs in places like Peru and Africa, Ecuador joins the roster as our new flagship destination for 2015! In partnership with the nonprofit Children International we are so excited to work to end malnutrition in Ecuador, one the leading causes of disease in children.
Over 27% of Ecuador’s population lives below the poverty line. Nearly 12% of this population is overweight, obese and malnourished children who live in and around Quito. Children International does inspiring work, building community centers to help those in need and offering Nutritional Rehabilitation Programs that target undernourished children ages 2-11. Our hope is that through our partnership we can change the lives of these children for the better – giving them a chance at a healthy, thriving future. Our work takes us to the Phelan-Emmett Community Center in the community of La Lucha, which, thanks to our support, can launch a nutritional clinic and comprehensive program that will impact the lives of so many children. Stay tuned for more on the story of Ecuador and its children. Later this year, the community center opens, and our work truly begins to take shape.