Nutrition Program, Cap Haitian (Haiti)
Serving some of the most vulnerable families in all of Cap Haitian, the Centre for Nutrition & Education for Women & Children (C-NEW-C) provides expert care for malnourished children from 9-59 months old, to get them back to normal body weight and proper stage of development.
The Nutrition Program is fundamental to the work of the C-NEW-C, and is the only day program for malnourished children in the area, serving an average of 25-45 children each month.
Malnutrition is a contributing factor in 60% of deaths in children under the age of 5. In urban Cap Haitian families living in extreme poverty do not have the resources to properly feed their children, and often lack basic knowledge of nutrition and healthcare. Rayjon’s Health Programs recognize the need to not only treat the child, but to address the complex root causes of poverty. While children are being treated for malnutrition, their parents have access to capacity building Life Skills Programs to help break the cycle of poverty and poor health.
Children brought to the centre receive expert care from a pediatrician and regular monitoring by nursing staff. Treatment for other medical conditions is provided as needed, and referral to hospital is made in serious cases. Careful follow-up and home visits to ensure all children progress toward health.
Stanley & his mother
Stanley entered the program at a mere 4.5 kg (despite being 18 months old), and was classified as severely malnourished. He has had many health complications and required additional medical treatment, but is now up to 7.5kg and on his way to greater health.
The Nutrition Program saves lives!
Vaccinations for children and adults
Malnourished children received life-saving treatment
Pairs of prescription eyeglasses prescribed & fitted in 9 countries
Preschool/Nutrition Program, Barrio 41, Dominican Republic
Located on the outskirts of the town of Consuelo, Barrio 41 is a neighbourhood struggling with poor access to health care & education, high rates of unemployment and poverty.
Rayjon supports a preschool/nutrition program operated by our partners at PLADESCULBA for 50 children, ages 2 to 7, to help prepare them to attend grade one. Many of these children do not receive proper nutrition from home and a hot meal is provided at the centre, making it a special part of Rayjon Health Programs. Behind the preschool building is a garden and pilot aquaponics (fish raising) project, whose goal is to grow nutritious food for use at the preschool, but to also teach local families to grow and maintain their own backyard gardens.
The long term goal of PLADESCULBA is to work with the adults of the community, to engage in a variety of community development programs, including training, income-generating activities, home gardens, animal husbandry, improvement of the environment and capacity building, so the community can truly become independent and strong.
Behind every program there are real people, with real life stories of transformation and hope. You’ll find them here.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Rayjon is proud to stand in solidarity with our Haitian and Dominican partners in achieving progress toward the SDGs, a call for action by all countries, to end all forms of poverty, to promote prosperity, and to protect the well-being of the Earth and all its inhabitants.