This past February (2015), members of our team and our founder, Clay Mathile, traveled to Guatemala to witness firsthand the results of the Mathile Institute’s investment in improving childhood nutrition. Team members had the opportunity to meet with mothers, children, caregivers and collaborators and visit Mathile Institute major programs, including Sister Sarah’s Clinic, Sociedad Proctectora del Nino (SPN), and the Guatemala City Nurseries. In each of these programs, children are fed a corn-soy porridge (known locally as Chispuditos) enhanced with the Mathile Institute’s nutritional vitamin and mineral supplement, known as M+ Micronutrients.
The M+ Micronutrient supplement, developed by the Mathile Institute’s Research and Development Team in 2010, is a blend of 21 vitamins and minerals focused specifically on providing higher levels of zinc and iron to children between birth and the age of 5, a critical time in their physical and cognitive development. When this blend was first added to Chispuditos in 2010, it was given to approximately 1000 children in 6 nurseries. Over the last 4 years, through the expansion of our local collaborations, the distribution of Chispuditos with the M+ supplement has grown tremendously. By the end of 2014, the Mathile Institute calculated that over 7 million servings of the M+ supplement had been fed to over 12,000 children in Guatemala, a 1200% increase in children receiving life-saving nutrition!
Each and every member of our team feels a great sense of joy and accomplishment when they have the opportunity to visit our programs across the globe. This trip to Guatemala was no exception. We hope you will join us on our incredible journey to help malnourished children around the world to survive and thrive!