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Reducing Child Malnutrition in Ecuador: A Story from Fundación Sembrar’s ‘Education at Home’ Initiative

Pamela, a young single mother from San Marcos, Ecuador, faced tough times when her daughter Isabella was diagnosed with malnutrition. Thanks to the “Education at Home” program funded by the W. O’Neil Foundation and run by Fundación Sembrar and AVSI-USA, their lives changed for the better!

Through workshops and support from the local PelCa center, Pamela learned how to provide Isabella with a balanced diet and the love she needed to thrive. Isabella not only regained her health but also became more sociable and engaged with other children.

Pamela’s journey is just one of many inspiring stories from our project, which aims to combat child malnutrition and empower families in rural communities.

Sports as an inspiration for young adults with disability

What do Paralympics athletes Becca Meyers, Michael Roeger, and Ambra Sabatini have in common with Congolese refugees Bruno Kyasiimire and Habamungu Kahunda? They never let their disability stop them from achieving their dreams. Born with only one arm and one leg due to a congenital limb defect, Bruno, who lives in the Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in Uganda, had to deal with mobility challenges and prejudice, even among his peers, since he was young.

Young Rwandan mother fights to become resilient and give her son a better future

Despite the political achievement of women’s empowerment and a variety of prevention strategies, including efforts to prevent child sexual abuse, the number of adolescent pregnancies in Rwanda is still worryingly high and has been steadily increasing over the last fifteen years. Two years ago, when she was only 16 years old, Eugenie’s story became part of this sad statistic: she got pregnant after being sexually assaulted. When AVSI identified Eugene as a beneficiary of a project funded by the RASKOB Foundation to support young mothers in Rwanda, she was desperate, full of shame and guilt.

“I had no more hope for the future,” remembers Eugenie. “I felt ashamed of what had happened to me. Nobody could understand me anymore. Over and over, I was reminded of what had happened, and I felt pushed away from my family and those around me.”

Time with their children and helping with homework make mothers stronger in Mexico

At first, Margarita and Griselda thought the COVID-19 pandemic was a challenge they were not ready to face.
“COVID changed our lives. At first, we lost our jobs; we had to lock ourselves up. My children couldn’t go to school, and I had to be a teacher for them, and check their homework,” says Margarita.
“I used to wash, cook and clean while children were at school, but once they were home all the time and I had to check their homework, the house was a chaos, and it was very stressful for them, and for me” echoes Griselda.