State of Nourish Them Project

Posted on Nov 15, 2013

State of Nourish Them Project

The typical Dominican diet is based on rice, red beans and chicken with very little fresh fruits or vegetables. With the vast majority of the population living below the poverty line, it’s often a higher priority to satisfy the basic need of hunger than to ensure a well-balanced diet. Currently the diet of the girls in the homes we support consists of 4-5 small meals per day. Breakfast is typically bread and powdered milk. Sometimes cornflakes are donated and served with milk. Butter and cheese are a luxury rarely seen by our girls. A morning snack of milk and a biscuit is provided by the Education Ministry. An afternoon snack is dependent on availability. Lunches and dinners are typically boiled green plantain with egg or salami. Sometimes only cream of wheat or rice and milk is served.

Since last December, the prices of food in the Dominican Republic have increased by 9-24%, depending on the item. This is placing additional putting pressure on the daily budget of the homes we support, and making it even more difficult to serve nutritious meals on a regular basis.

The first phase of this project involved an evaluation of our girls against WHO standards. The result was that 67% of the girls in our homes have low body mass index or are suffering from signs of malnourishment such as anemia.

The current phase involves expanding the menu of the homes to include more meats, fats, fruits and vegetables which cannot be purchased with common support. Here For Them has a goal of raising $10,000 toward this effort by the end of the year. We are currently about 50% of the way to reaching our goal.

We would greatly appreciate your support of this worthy cause. As always, 100% of your contribution will go directly to helping the children, as our board covers all administrative costs.

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