Last month we shared the story of Javier, a 10-month-old orphan who weighed just under 9 pounds — a little more than a newborn. He was rescued and nursed back to health by Las Mercedes/Prince of Peace, a nutrition center we support in Honduras.
Claudio, our projects officer for Latin America, recently returned from visiting projects we support in Honduras. He stopped by Las Mercedes Nutrition Center where he was pleased to see Javier, now a healthy 6-year-old who is about to start kindergarten.
When he was rescued by Las Mercedes/Prince of Peace Nutrition center, 10-month-old Javier weighed just under 9 pounds. In just a few months at the center, he made a complete recovery.
Ana Aleman, the center’s director, also shared some good news with Claudio. She recently adopted Javier, who had been living in the nearby orphanage they run. Javier was very excited to join her family — she has two other children she adopted from the orphanage.
“Javier had been very sad because all of his friends got adopted,” Ana explained. “So I asked him if he wanted to be a part of my family. He said, ‘I think that’s a great idea.’”
It is wonderful to see Javier’s story end so happily, especially considering the dire circumstances he overcame. His story illustrates the impact programs like the nutrition center are having on the lives of the poor. The funds our benefactors provide to support these life-saving projects really do make a difference. Javier is living proof!
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Javier, now 6, (right) with his newly-adopted family, Ana and sister, Francis.