A startling number of children in the village of Bella Vista, Guatemala showed up to the community’s vitamin distribution with protruding bellies, a glaring symptom of intestinal worms. But when asked if they had heard of parasites affecting children in their town, many parents shook their heads no in response. It quickly became clear that the problem wasn’t simply a lack of resources or sanitation, but the lack of health and nutrition education.
But Adelaida, a mother of four, remains optimistic about her children’s future. The journey down a rugged path to the distribution site is difficult for her younger children, but having learned what benefits the vitamins and deworming tablets offer, she is committed to finding a way. Adelaida won't rely on outside support alone though to ensure her children's health - she makes an effort to cook nutritious meals, including eggs, beans, and potatoes. All her efforts are done without complaint because she dreams that her children: “Que crezcan bien y no falten nada,” she said--that they grow well and lack nothing.