Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children
The internationally-renowned “Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children” 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. Since inception, Casa Jackson has rehabilitated and saved the lives of over 1,000 malnourished children. Some children are sent to us from local hospitals, some are brought by their parents, and some are left on our doorstep.
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. Since then, we have rebuilt a new facility that officially opened on March 31, 2017.
Support for the hospital is our greatest area of need.
Another need at Casa Jackson is for “Huggers & Holders”; volunteers who may literally feed severely starving and malnourished babies and children around-the-clock, some even with eye-droppers, until they recover enough that they can eat on their own.
Please contact us if you can help, either physically or financially, to support and save the children that are brought to Casa Jackson.