Beans with Incaparina or mosh cakes (oats). These are the favorite recipes of Juan Pablo Herrera Ixcoy, a four-year-old boy who suffers from malnutrition and stunted growth. His mother, María Petrona Ixcoy Chum, has been one of the participants in the Demonstration Workshops organized in the community of Climentoro Aguacatán, a municipality where data from 2018 showed that 49% of children had problems with chronic and acute malnutrition.
The workshops, which the World Vision International Foundation organizes with our collaboration, offer training mainly to mothers of children under five years old with developmental problems, introducing them to different low-cost nutritious recipes and using local products with high nutritional value. The members of the Community Health Committees also participate in the workshops so that they can convey to the educational community guidelines for a balanced diet and hygiene. In addition, participants share what they have learned with other families that could not attend.
Maria Petrona explains: "Juan Pablo, my son, has managed to gain weight little by little. To this day, I continue preparing the recipes that I learned in the workshop. They are low-cost dishes that I can make with products that are available here in my community. Besides, they also taught me the danger signs that we as mothers need to look out for and know where to go when one of them appears".
Today, in Climentoro Aguacatán, children grow healthier thanks to local products and the involvement of the whole community.