Watching out for children’s health and diet in the Dominican Republic

Balanced meals every day for 171 young people

Watching out for children’s health and diet in the Dominican Republic Watching out for children’s health and diet in the Dominican Republic

The Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) NGO is developing a nutritional program for children with health problems and nutritional deficit in the Dominican Republic. In total, 171 children receive daily meals thanks to this project which has the support of Fundacion MAPFRE.

This plan aims to counteract the negative effects that child malnutrition produces in the short and long term, returning the children to health through food. A team of chefs prepares daily menus customized to the needs of each case, in which there is no shortage of fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables, and meat or dairy products.

The project caters, on the one hand, to 60 children who are in foster care in the home of the NGO in San Pedro de Macoris, and who suffer from health problems resulting from chronic diseases or malnutrition. On the other hand, it serves 111 children living outside the area and below the poverty line, who are provided with a hot meal every day. In addition to this, the program includes monitoring and medical supervision of the children in order to track the evolution of their health.

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos is an international organization which watches out for and promotes the defense of children. The first home was founded in Mexico in 1954 by Father William Wasson. Presently there are NPH homes in nine Latin American countries: Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Bolivia.