At 9 months old, Evelin’s daughter began participating in HRI’s Early Childhood Supplemental Feeding program. Evelin enrolled her in the program soon after she was eligible because she heard from other volunteer moms in the school kitchen how it helped their younger children. Evelin’s son, now 5 years old, suffered from chronic malnutrition and had to be hospitalized when he was younger. He is now enrolled in his ﬁrst year of school and receives a nutritious lunch every day through HRI’s School Feeding Program, which is helping to stabilize his nutrition.
At home, the situation is difﬁcult. Among many challenges, Evelin struggles on her own to provide enough food and meet all the needs of her two children. Evelin’s husband is often not home because he is away looking for work and unable to send home much economic support
Evelin’s daughter entered the Early Childhood Supplemental Feeding Program underweight, but while in the program she gained weight consistently and reached a more normal weight and height within 6 months. Evelin is so happy that her daughter, now 16 months old, is on a good track. She says that she feels much less stress and guilt about her children’s nutrition now that she is accessing HRI programs. It is a
relief to feed her daughter and watch her smiling and active.
Evelin is so happy through both nutrition programs, she has been able to connect with other moms and says that she feels more supported on a daily basis.
SHE WANTS TO DO EVERYTHING SHE CAN TO ENSURE THAT HER CHILDREN STAY HEALTHY AND GET THE NUTRITION THEY NEED AS THEY CONTINUE TO GROW BECAUSE SHE KNOWS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR HER RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM AND FOR THEIR FUTURE.