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Tasting Success…

I’ve got Medical Missions on my mind.   Last Thursday, I attended the UNOs Chicago Grill Peru Gathering and Fundraiser.   It was great to see all kinds of people passionate about Peru…as well as those that wanted to share some good pizza for a worthy cause.    Our next big fund-raiser, “The Human Race”, will be held on May 5th on the Thrivent grounds.  

All of the proceeds of both will benefit this year’s Medical Mission trip in late July.    The medical team will bring many different supplies, including a very large supply of children’s vitamins with iron.  You might be asking yourself why a medical team would bring vitamins on a medical mission trip.   That’s a good question!   Many of the issues that the medical team deals with at the temporary clinic are a result of malnutrition.   One of the biggest problems with the children has been iron-deficiency.   Poverty induced diets lacking meats and key vegetables make for problems with low iron.   Symptoms of iron deficiency include fatigue, inattentiveness, irritability, and dizziness.  

One of the ways that Mighty Hearts helps families in this area is to provide a supply of children’s vitamins with iron to children that visit the clinic.    In February of 2011, each child visiting the clinic received a 2-month supply of vitamins.    On top of that, guardians received training on low-cost alternatives for iron-rich and fiber-rich meals.   Visitors to the clinic also received a nutritious snack.    

When I hear stories that some of the children in the Mighty Hearts program have gone from low in their class to the tops in their class, I get excited.    It’s pretty tough for children with iron-deficiency symptoms to achieve such high levels of success in the classroom.   One of our goals is to provide every child in the program a year’s supply of vitamins.    It all starts with some pizza with friends!    What a tasty way to change the lives of children in Peru!

Medical Missions

I’ve always taken my good health for granted. On a normal year, I might visit my doctor once for the annual check-up. It was only when I needed it that I appreciated the blessing of quality health care.  Since last year, chronic illnesses have led me to see an army of doctors, nurses and specialists. All of these professionals are highly skilled and highly trained….providing some of the best care in the world, which is all available to me.


Contrast this scenario with the typical medical care poor children receive in Peru. Until their participation with the Mighty Hearts’ Medical Missions program, many poor children in Callao, Peru had never visited a doctor. Many of those same children didn’t even have a birth record! Without access to basic medical care, preventable health issues can become chronic conditions. Low iron levels, worms, and birth defects are just a few of the preventable conditions the Mighty Hearts Medical Mission helps treat.


Join Mighty Hearts in providing basic medical care to some of the poorest children in Peru. Your monetary gift will help support the children's health through medical check-ups, vitamins and ongoing care. Or consider joining us on the Medical Missions trip this Summer. Click here to learn more:

http://www.mightyhearts.org/projects/medical_missions

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Lamentations 4:4 - Because of thirst the infant’s tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth; the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them. (NIV, ©2011)