The majority of deaths caused by malnutrition are among children under five years old, accounting for around 45% of the deaths in this age group. For those who have severe acute malnutrition repeatedly in early childhood and recover, it can cause lifelong developmental consequences.
There are many faces of malnutrition, but Severe Acute Malnutrition is by far the most dangerous. If left untreated it is 100% fatal.
Belito’s story, like the story of the boy and the starfish, reminds me that we are making a difference and that saving even just one life is incredibly significant.
As drought and the effects of war impact an already crippled food system in Angola, babies and toddlers fight to survive.
After asking the question, “What concerns you about going home?” the answer of a 26-year-old mom named Maria stopped me in my tracks. “I’m worried I will go home without my baby,” she said.
By Heidi Cortez, Executive Director We have all missed a meal at one point and felt the pains of hunger. When you are hungry, it is difficult to focus on anything else. I have watched my son’s entire demeanor change the moment he gets something to eat. He instantly transforms from cranky and angry to […]
Executive Director, Heidi Cortez, reflects back on her first trip to Angola where she witnessed both death and hope.
Serving in this position humbles me. My humanitarian aid role has taken me around the world, where I have had amazing and sometimes harrowing experiences.
In global humanitarian work, there is a question we are often asked- Why should I care about what happens to babies and toddlers I will never meet that live in a country I will never visit? Or why should I help babies and toddlers in other countries when there is a need here in the US?
From Bad to Worse Written by Director of Operations, Heidi Cortez Before the novel Coronavirus ravaged our world, Angola was already extremely food insecure. That means that most of the population lacks access to affordable, nutritional foods. A combination of drought, poor infrastructure, and vast inequality causes this food insecurity. Inequality is readily seen after […]