October 2016

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October 15, 2016

Dear family, friends, and supporters;

For the last several days, Diane has been painstakingly entering into a spreadsheet all the handwritten data they have collected over the past year in the feeding program that she and her Kwong lady helpers have been running. This has enabled her – and now all of you – to see just how well this program has been working. We trust that it is an encouragement for you, albeit a sobering one,  as indeed it has been for us.  

Your fellow servants,   Mark and Diane

Malnutrition Program - One Year On

Statistics from a year’s worth of data.

420 Newborns are vaccinated each year at our clinic. Vaccines for mumps, measles, rubella, chicken pox, polio, and tetanus are all provided free of charge by the Chadian government in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), CDC, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

During our first 12-months of feeding malnourished kids, 88 children ages 1 to 2 – or about 20% of the kids vaccinated – came back to the clinic, qualifying as malnourished by the criteria of the WHO.

Most of those we saw - 60% - qualified as “Severely Malnourished” by the WHO criteria (a measurement of the child’s upper arm circumference). We provide them medical treatment and enriched feeding mix free of charge.  For the moderately malnourished, we charge only a minimal fee which gives us a reasonable way to limit the number of children we are feeding.

Very sadly, 30% of these mothers whose children qualified as severely malnourished did not make the effort to return and take advantage of our free medical treatment and feeding program.

Success rate. Of those who followed our treatment program at all  60% improved, most moving up to moderately malnourished, and some to not even malnourished at all.


Why so much malnutrition? We see ignorance as the biggest culprit. Mothers don’t know:

·         Colostrum is good.

·         Vaccines are very important.

·         How or when to ween a child.

·         Malaria left untreated for even one day can kill your child.

·         Unchecked diarrhea can zap a child in just a few days.

·         Infants need to eat small amounts very frequently.

·         A child is a person created in the image of God, and not disposable.

·         Care for a child is a responsibility that God has entrusted to us.


of all children become malnourished


Women line up outside our clinic to get their babies vaccinated


of those become severely malnourished



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Of those who stick with it,







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