Chickens and Food

 

Chronic malnutrition affects 50 percent of Guatemalan children under 5 years of age. And this figure is growing year by year.

Mayan Families Canada works closely with local organizations to determine families who are in urgent need of food assistance. These families are given basic food items including baby formula, oil, corn, rice, milk, eggs, bread, meat and poultry.

 

 

Further help is given through the gift of chickens. Protein deficiency is one of the greatest causes of malnutrition in Guatemala. Chickens provide families with a sustainable source of protein from the eggs and meat, and a supplemental income from selling extra eggs and chickens. Over time, families are able to improve their situation further by selling a chicken and purchasing two chicks to increase their flock.

 

 

There is a vicious "Cycle of Hunger" existing in Guatemala

Starting with low birth weight babies born into food deficient homes

These children remain undernourished throughout childhood

They are unable to develop full mental and physical capacities

They are stunted, wasted and inadequately skilled upon reaching adulthood

They are forced to do unskilled labour at the lowest possible wage rate

This results in a continued food shortage

And further pregnancies in malnutritioned mothers

Only $68 will purchase a 100 lb. bag of corn, enough to make tortillas for a family of 5, 3 meals a day, for 2 weeks.

Only $76 will purchase egg laying hens and their food for a month, enough to provide a family with the chance of a sustainable nutritional supplement.

Only $203 will purchase food for a family of 4 for 1 month.