“La Clinica de Niños del Abuelo Jorge (Grandpa Jorge Children’s Clinic)” is a project to provide basic nutritional and health care to kids in a very poor rural community located at 70km west from San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Exact location is at 5km from Trinidad, Santa Barbara, Honduras.
Kids in this area live in extreme poverty, malnutrition and do not have any access to basic medical care. The objective of the project is to provide nutritional and medical support to the kids in the area. Main focus will be to help kids under 10 years old.
The clinic would be located at 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from three small villages in the area where approximately 100 kids under 10 years old live. Our goal is to provide to these local kids, in the best way possible, a continuous nutritional and health program.
The name of the clinic is named after an honorable doctor named Jorge. Grandpa Jorge was once a kid that grew up in this area. He had the opportunity to study medicine in Europe and become a pediatrician. Nonetheless, he never forgot his origins. He provided medical attention to many generations of poor kids from the area, countless occasions, for free. Many times, locals would visit his house at midnight asking for help and he would never deny helping a kid. The town of Trinidad kindly called him “El Doctor Jorge.” He always looked after the kids that had grown in the rural area he came from.
The implementation plan of the project has been defined in three stages: infrastructure, equipment and supplies and medical attention. The infrastructure needed is a small storeroom (3m x 3m) and a small office (3m x 3m) to provide basic medical attention. Once the infrastructure is built, it will be equipped with minimum office furniture. The next step is to procure a stock of medicines, medical supplies, and nutritional supplements. With the proper installations and a minimum stock of medical supplies available, doctors will be invited (local and from around the world) to come over and spend 1 day providing free medical consultation to the local kids.
Your donation will provide these kids an opportunity to grow up healthy.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Below you can read an extract taken from United Nations World Food Program site, explaining the current Honduran kids current situation:
“Income distribution is highly unequal and vast disparities exist between urban and rural areas, regions and social groups. Poverty – affecting 60 percent of the population – is at the root of chronic food insecurity in Honduras. The most vulnerable include indigenous populations in rural areas (where more than half of the extremely poor are concentrated), women, girls, children under 5 and people with disabilities and living with HIV/AIDS.
Almost three quarters – 72 percent – of families depending on agriculture either own small parcels of land or work as laborers for large land owners. Limited access to land, technology and agricultural assets hampers the potential development of the agricultural sector.
Poorly diversified diets and a lack of nutritional awareness result in overlapping nutritional problems including stunting, mineral and vitamin deficiencies and overweight/obesity.
Stunting in children under 5 still stands at 23 percent, with peaks of 40 percent in the Dry Corridor, where a large proportion of the indigenous population lives. Anemia affects 29 percent of children under 5 – with a prevalence of up to 60 percent in babies between 6 and 8 months – as well as 15 percent of women and girls of reproductive age. Rapid urbanization, leading to reduced physical activity and increased consumption of processed foods rich in fats, sugar and salt, is driving up levels of overweight and obesity and the risk of chronic diseases.”