The nutritional program of the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos NGO in the Dominican Republic is directed at boys and girls with health and nutrition problems and other factors of need. More than 300 children receive daily meals with a diet specifically adapted to their needs, a medical check-up and monitoring to track the evolution of their health.
The main objective of the project is to counteract the negative effects that child malnutrition produces in the short and long term, and to return the children to health through what they eat. The project serves the nearly 200 fostered children who are in the NGO foster home at San Pedro de Macoris, and who suffer from health problems resulting from chronic diseases or malnutrition. In addition, the work of the program provides a daily meal to 137 children who live outside the center and below the poverty line.
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos is an international organization which, since 1954, has been watching out for and promoting the defense of those children who have been orphaned or abandoned or who are in highly vulnerable situations. At the moment, there are NPH centers in nine Latin American countries which have taken in more than 18,500 abandoned children with a view to getting them back on to a healthy diet.