Joseph, a Liberian native, is currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will finish his mission in September and has asked for help for children in his home country of Liberia. To begin screening for malnourished children, we need to raise $6000 to sponsor a community there (approximately 60 children) for a year.
Will you help us spread the word to start helping malnourished children and expectant mothers in Liberia? A link to the fundraiser Joseph has started is here. You can donate one time or help support Liberia by setting up a monthly donation. See more information about Liberia below.
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Malnutrition in Liberia
The journey to adulthood is not easy for children in Liberia. Difficulties for children in Liberia start when they are inside their mother’s womb. There is a high maternal mortality rate. Some children die in the womb and some mothers don’t live long enough to take care and nourish their children. Close to 40% of women give birth at home without the help of a trained midwife.
In close to half of all child deaths, malnutrition is a major culprit. The diagram below from dhsprogram.com shows the percentage of stunted children in each region of Liberia. A physician visiting Liberia shares how hard it is to treat children with malnourishment in this video. We are hopeful that we can start helping children in Liberia soon.