Healthy Living for Young Irene

Irene came to live at NPH when she was only one year old.
October 13, 2016 - El Salvador

Irene after some months of care and love at NPH

Irene* was born in February 2005, and both of her parents have chronic diseases. This made Irene’s life very difficult because her parents were no able to take care of her properly. She was very ill because she did not have a well-balanced diet; and as a consequence, she was sick with malnutrition and the possibilities of having a good life were very slim for her. The authorities found out about her case and sent her to a program which is for children with malnutrition. This program takes sick children, feeds them, and helps them recover and get to their ideal weight. Once the children have gained their normal weight, they are taken back to their families. Irene got better when she participated in this program. She was healthy at that moment and her life seemed brighter. However, when she went back to live with her parents, things changed for the worse, again.

Irene’s parents were not able to provide her everything she needed to continue having a healthy life, due to their poverty. The authorities decided at that moment that she could not continue living with her parents, as her future would be uncertain. In November 2006, Irene came to live at NPH. Irene’s new family received her with great love and care. When she arrived our doctor carried out a complete check-up just to find out she was very ill. According to her diagnosis, Irene had malnutrition and this was affecting her overall health. Irene began a special treatment to help her gain weight, and with the passing of time, lots of care and love, she got well.

Now, Irene is 11 years old and she is doing well. She has become a very happy girl. She has struggled with learning since she was very little. It is difficult for her to understand new things, but she does a good job at school. She is part of a special class that is for children who have neurological problems, but they still learn new things every day. She learns how to color, how to draw, how to use the computer - which she loves a lot- and several other things.

Irene is a healthy girl who loves to run around and hang out with her friends and caregivers. She is very healthy, and she has reached her ideal weight now. She has continued appointments to keep an eye on her health. Irene is now a girl who is growing up happy, healthy, and loved. Seeing our kids growing up like this makes us feel pleased because their happiness is our happiness.

*Name changed to protect privacy.

Carmina Salazar   
Communication and Project Coordinator

You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson




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