Malnourished Children Project
This project will:
1. Determine which children are malnourished by measuring weight and height. We need to purchase anthropometric equipment. These are operated by professional nurses and auxiliary nurses. The equipment they have now is no longer in optimal condition. There are several Health Centers in the district that need the equipment.
Each piece of the equipment costs $240 -- we need 12 pieces.
2. Provide education and nutritional advice to mothers and hygiene education. Culinary demonstrations will give them ideas for preparation of nutritious food. These will be conducted under the leadership of the Nutritionist at the Hospital.
3. Provide emergency food supplements to severely malnourished children. There are currently 26 severely malnourished children in the Cahabon District.
4. Provide follow-up to the families.
Project Goal is $10,000
We have given the following so far to the clinics to help with this project:
A measuring mat to lay babies on (and children under two) -- to measure their length/height.
A scale, to measure their weight.
A tall measuring device to measure children over two years old
And, we also provided 200 bags of GuateMosh for small children who are identified as malnourished. These were given to the hospital -- to feed children in the hospital, and send some home with them.
The GuateMosh was donated by the family of Debora Fletcher and the youth that were part of the service tour group
$250 donated as of 5/5/2021
We are seeking more donations for water filters.
Last year, in response to significant damage to water systems in Guatemala by two hurricanes, we raised the money, through Welcome Hand and Sustainable Families Group, to send 5,000 Sawyer water filters to Guatemala (specifically the Cahabon District of Alta Verapaz).
The filters have now been delivered to many villages, but there are 13,500 households in the Cahabon District, and only 5,000 have received the filters. While the 5,000 are very happy, there are still thousands of households that need the filters.
We have arranged to purchase these filters through a business in Guatemala City, and have them shipped to Cahabon, for a very good price, the price is from $20-$42 depending on the quantity we can order.
These filters will last for 10 years. Most of the 202 villages in the Cahabon District do not have city water systems, and the water contaminated water contributes to many diseases.
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“The family is the driving force behind social progress and development.”
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
People Needing People
People Needing People In general, the needs for refugee and displaced families are not as much financial as they are people oriented.
The refugee families receive financial help from the government and resettlement agencies, but they need local people to help them know how to use the resources that are provided for them.
The purpose of WELCOME HAND is to organize the volunteers who want to help refugees, giving them the information and tools to help the refugee families understand what their options and opportunities are, and how to effectively participate in their local community.
Several of the members of the WELCOME HAND Board already have experience working with refugees, and
understand how to provide the services needed by these families
Graduating from Daily Dose English Class
The Daily Dose English Program has been used by Welcome Hand volunteers to teach refugees and immigrants how to navigate in a world dominated by a language foreign to their own.
The Daily Dose website says, “Daily Dose is a warm and sensitive way of helping people feel comfortable learning English. It is based on love, personal attention and human interaction. Unlike traditional programs,
Daily Dose has no grammar books, homework assignments or boring lectures. Participants learn in small interactive groups called huddles where they receive a healthy dose of love, support and encouragement.Most immigrants or refugees have transportation problems, so the volunteers with Welcome Hand teach the families in their homes. Participants learn how to handle real-life situations like introducing themselves, shopping, using public transportation, or opening a checking account.
The picture above is a special event to give out certificates of achievement, and celebrate their progress in learning the English language for everyday needs. It is a very successful program, primarily because of the personal interaction with the volunteer/teacher.
We are a nonprofit company and we participate in their community culture and society of the people we are helping.
We provide opportunities for youth for volunteer work and helping children.
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