When their region´s coffee industry collapsed, most highland Q'eqchi' people were left with subsistence farming of corn as their only sure source of food. Now they have among the highest rates of malnutrition and maternal mortality in the world.
Many illnesses and fatalities could be prevented, but in the mountainous - often inaccessible - villages, health services and resources are scarce to non existent.
Asociación Narú brings nutritional recuperation, health care and education, together with food production training, to rural families suffering severe malnutrition. All live in extreme poverty. More than 95% do not speak Spanish, read or write.
Our commitment to these families covers almost 20 years, and our presence is a permanent one that aims to make lasting changes to behaviours that compromise a family’s health and wellbeing.
While serving the most at-risk families from 136 communities, and with strict travel restrictions in place: 530 malnourished children and babies improved their nutritional status. 1,739 training and medical visits were made to families’ homes. 1,562 patients were seen by the Narú clinic. 186 families established food gardens. 82 community midwives received training. 97 women received Family Planning services, with 43 opting for 5-year implants.