Watching her son Josue slowly perish is Janet’s worst nightmare. Janet, 23, is raising two children in Nicaragua where jobs are scarce, food prices have skyrocketed and grinding poverty wears down the hardiest souls. When 3-month-old Josue was unable to eat and grew weaker, his pitiful cries were torturous.
He refused to breastfeed, and formula is far too expensive for Janet, who lives hand to mouth. She gave Josue the only thing she could afford — cornstarch in a bottle.
“I didn’t have the money to buy milk,” Janet said.
The cornstarch irritated his throat and Josue grew more malnourished. This anguished young mother, who lost a baby before Josue was born, could count her son’s ribs. Her only solace was praying to God to let her baby live, for Josue to not perish the way his sibling had.
“It became a daily routine that I felt he would die that day,” she said.
The pain of hunger is horrible. Janet felt helpless to comfort her son, and she lacks the resources to give him the nutrition he desperately needs to survive and thrive. Your compassionate gift can stop the cries of hunger from malnourished children like Josue.
Please, be as generous as possible with your gift for food today.
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