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Child malnutrition leads to suffering, stunted growth, and diminished livelihoods. Our malnutrition project, now in its second year, seeks to prevent and address this plight by bringing together communities, medical students, faculty, and community health partners to find community-centered solutions. With your help, Danielle, Margaret, Jackie and Amanda hope to continue to provide access to nutritious foods, educational resources for parents, and expand community gardens to Gawad Kalinga communities this summer.

Anticipated interventions:

At 26.2%, the chronic malnutrition rate among children is at a ten-year high in the Philippines, according to a 2015 Food and Nutrition Research Institute report.  In addition, the long-term effects lead to inhibited learning and stunted development and can have a significant impacts on future earning potential.  A donation of $25 will help to sustain an urban garden that supplies healthy crops to families within a Gawad Kalinga community.

– In order to continue longitudinal research efforts to fight malnutrition, we will be re-assessing children currently enrolled in the program and conducting surveys to gain deeper insight into the community’s understanding of child nutritional needs.  A donation of $50 will help to fund these research efforts and develop additional plans for sustainable, community-centered solutions to child malnutrition.

– Lack of access to care is a major issue in the developing world. The free services provided on-site during this intervention might be the only health care these people receive. Without the ability to see medical professionals, simple infections and injuries can become life threatening. Providing medical care to those in the developing world is a cornerstone of this project. A donation of $425 helps fund the clinic for a day.

Last year’s data demonstrated that 60% of the villagers suffered from hypertension. This year, we plan on  evaluating whether stress and mental health burden were contributing factors to hypertension, helping us to implement a more targeted strategy that will address the villagers’ high blood pressure issue from a mental health perspective. A donation of $100 will help us provide mental health support and education sessions to the villagers.

 

Thank you for your consideration and support. All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Make sure to carefully fill out your donation information in order to receive a tax receipt from Gawad Kalinga’s 501(c)3. If you choose to donate by check we will mail the receipt to the address on the check.

 

Your donations will also support:

– The free clinic

– Supplies for the clinic

– Crops for community urban garden

– Research efforts

– Transportation, lodging, and supply expenses for the medical students.`