WeNOURISH

In 2004, an extensive nutrition-based program — Libras de Amor, or Pounds of Love— was designed to address malnutrition in children under five years old who live in El Salvador's rural areas. Currently Libras de Amor is known as the Early Childhood Development Program. SAHF and FUSAL's work in public health has revealed the impact nutrition has on a person's general wellbeing. 

The program was piloted in Apaneca, where malnutrition rates were as high as 47%. WeNOURISH-Apaneca has seen an 11% drop in malnutrition rates since work began there. To date, over 18 communities and more than 200,000 participants throughout El Salvador have been served.

During 2020, with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Early Childhood Development Program adjusted its strategies and activities to provide support to the rural communities that are being served:

  • 6,456 children and 356 pregnant women were supported with protection supplies and food by the Program's community volunteers in 17 municipalities.
  • 1,175 new children and 95 pregnant women were evaluated and linked to the program, who will begin the intervention of the program in 2021 and who were supported in 2020 with humanitarian aid.
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