Casa Jackson Center for Malnourished Infants
The internationally-renowned “Casa Jackson Center for Malnourished Infants”, supported by Gene and Sue Jackson of Dickinson, ND and benefactors worldwide, is located within the safety and walls of the Dreamer Center. Chronic malnourishment plagues Guatemala with greater frequency and severity than any other Latin American country.
Estimates suggest that over 50% of the children of the country are malnourished. The consequences of the condition include: stunted growth, brain damage, xerosis, follicular hyperkeratosis, fatigue, emotional distress, and death. Over half the children between one and five are afflicted with these conditions in Guatemala.
Casa Jackson is a registered hospital and provides intensive residential survival, medical, and long-term recovery-care to severely malnourished infants and children from across Guatemala. In addition, Casa Jackson volunteers and staff educate villages and families in proper health, hygiene, and nutrition practices.
In 2014, a devastating flood destroyed the main hospital. Despite not having a fully functioning facility, we continue to serve the children as we seek to raise the funds to finish rebuilding.
We have two big payments left to finish this project:
- August 15th, 2016 payment = $166,524
- The final, September 15th, 2016 payment = $198,032
This is our greatest area of need.
Another need at Casa Jackson is for “Huggers & Holders”; volunteers who may literally feed severely starved babies around-the-clock with eye-droppers, until they recover enough that they can eat on their own.