Sunday, August 20, 2006
Why should YOU get weighed and measured?
Looking at our AIDS orphans as a group they a all look like normal children, and they have a great energy level. When you measure them it tells a different story. See the little boy’s arm circumference measurement in this picture, the yellow going to red on the band? It indicates that he is malnourished and in need of good food. All of our children when they arrive at St. Lucy Mission are malnourished. In this world 23 children DIE from malnutrition every minute! The Sisters work very hard at helping the children achieve normal growth levels. When children are below normal levels they do not do well in school and are subject to catching many diseases. Malnourished girls grow up having difficulty giving birth and many have miscarriages.
So it is good for all of us to keep up with our measurements. But most especially the children as malnutrition is the cause in more than half of all child deaths.
Calculate your BMI yourself at http://www.halls.md/body-mass-index/bmi.htm and take action if needed. And do something good for the undernourished children TODAY!
God bless you.
By the year 2010 there will be 25 million orphans from AIDS.