I woke up today realizing that it's no longer $0 month and my first instinct was "I can shop!!!" and then I realized--other than rice, beans, and some veggies--there is nothing I need. What an amazing feeling. I need nothing. So blessed!
I'll confess, when I first started researching Guatemala with Donnie I wasn't 100% sure how to spell it. (Don't judge, all things English class related were never my forte--which I'm assuming has become crystal clear by now.) Now I can not only spell "Guatemala" I know quite a bit about the country's poverty issues.
- 50% of all children have chronic malnutrition; in some areas the rate is as high as 90%
- Guatemala has the highest percentage of malnourished children in all of Latin America
- 42% of Guatemalan citizens do NOT have access to clean water
- 75% of the population is estimated to live below the poverty line (defined as an income that is insufficient to purchase a basic basket of goods and services)
- 58% of the population have incomes below the extreme poverty line
- 45% of the population over the age of 15 is illiterate
- The infant mortality rate is 55 per 1,000 live births
- The maternal mortality rate is 110 per 100,000 live births
- 16% of infants suffer from low birth weight
- Whenever there is a financial crisis within Guatemala, the government cuts education and social sector expenditures (food subsidies, housing allowances, healthcare, etc.) first; showing a lack of willingness to invest in their citizens
- Tortillas (mostly corn but some flour)
- Coffee (often times one of the first liquids given to infants there!)
- Tropical fruits
- Some beef
- Diary products (milks and cheeses)
I'm not entirely sure what I plan to make and eat during these next nine days. I know that I will keep my kids healthy and thriving because I am blessed enough to be able to provide the luxurious poverty foods. An oxymoron--luxurious poverty. What I haven't decided is if I will be sneaky with how I give them proteins, fruits and veggies (so that they think they're eating as the Guatemalans do) or if I will simply explain _____ items are normal Guatemalan fare and ______ are blessings we have to keep us healthy.
In an effort to put my money where my mouth is, I will be preparing the family one package a day of a protein meal sent to various places--now including Guatemala.
|This pouch offers a remarkable amount of vitamins and protein. And SIX servings for $1.25!|
Thank you Katie for your willingness to send us some!
I do know one thing, with each passing day of this family challenge I have never felt more blessed by my surroundings and possessions, nor have I felt more blessed to be an American.
A startling video from World Focus on the poverty conditions in Guatemala.