According to Unicef and the World Bank:
- More than 1.3 billion of people live in extreme poverty.
- 22,000 children die each day due to poverty
- 200 million children suffer the effects of malnutrition
- at least 3.5 million children younger than 5 die from malnutrition every year
- one out of six children in developing countries is underweight.
In August of 2017, we were approached by CORSODE (Corporation for Social Development), a foundation in Colombia that helps kids who suffer from malnutrition. These kids do not have enough to eat and do not have access to clean drinking water.
MTM visited Arroyohondo, a municipality near Cartagena, in January of 2018. The kids in Arroyohondo experienced a reduced rate of growth and development due to chronic malnutrition. They live in households that survive on an average of $1.90 a day. The municipality lacks quality schooling, clean water, quality sanitation and health care services. The POC (Point of Care) has the necessary medical supplies and equipment for primary health care but but lacks of skilled personnel.
MTM understands that an infant’s future is shaped within the first 1,000 days of life, and chronic malnutrition jeopardizes a child’s chances of living past age 5. MTM wants to ensure that these children have the best possible start in life with proper health care services and nourishment.