Arturo lived in unfortunate conditions before arriving at NPH, but his future is looking bright. May 16, 2017 - Guatemala
Arturo learning in the classroom
Arturo* was sent to NPH Guatemala last year in September by a court order from the state of Guatemala. He suffered through unfortunate living conditions before NPH and arrived at our door at the age of four, malnourished and with anemia. We are not able to share a close-up photo of him due to legal and privacy purposes, but we would be amiss to not give voice to his story.
Despite the fact that his parents raised his older siblings many years ago, they did not have enough time to care for Arturo. When he was a baby, he lacked attention and stimulation, which led to microcephaly. He had been fed potato chips, lollipops and other candies at home and was far behind the regular development for children at his age. He arrived exceptionally small and thin.
Now at NPH Guatemala he receives nutritious, warm meals daily, which have allowed his body to improve and heal within just three months. At the end of the year 2016, his health conditions got better and better; he grew four more centimeters and now weighs 13.1 kilograms.
Luckily the tomographic analysis revealed that Arturo is not suffering from serious damage to his mental development. He respects his new friends here at NPH Guatemala and has already learned a great amount in regards to his social behavior. He is more likeable and outgoing than before and loves playing with his friends.
Arturo is a bit shy in speaking and so he goes to language therapy three times a week. With the volunteer Katie from the United States, he learns the vocabularies of animals, vehicles and general words. He also visits ergotherapy three times a week. With Libia, a new local volunteer from Guatemala, he is increasing his eye and hand coordination. Arturo goes to the “Squirrel Class” of the Montessori School. When he gets older he wishes to go to the primary school with the older youth. With Arturo’s determination and NPH Guatemala’s individualized support, we are confident that he will continue to grow into a better and healthier life, now and in the future.
*Name changed due to privacy purposes.
Thomas Hartig Communication Officer
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