In the San Martín Sacatepequez area of the highlands of Guatemala, more than 80 percent of the populace live with limited access to potable water and medical care. With unemployment that has topped 80 percent, simply feeding a family is a top priority, and much else is considered a luxury.
Many children are born to already burgeoning families, and it is common for an infant to be clothed in no more than the cloth it was received in for many weeks after birth. Thanks to the efforts of local Xela AID volunteers, infant receiving packs have, since 2003, been delivered regularly to new parents in an around San Martín Sacatepequez, the "county" that is home to Xela AID's June Russel Glennon Clinic.
These lovely little packs, fully contained in large-sized zip-lock bags, contain a receiving blanket, cloth diaper, safety pins, socks, soft shoes, a unisex jumper, cap, soap and other combinations of items that are rarely available for new infants in this very poor highlands area.
For more information or to assist with collecting items and assembling these packs, contact us.