Children in the Philippines who live in extreme poverty lack access to quality healthcare. They are often denied assistance and are unable to afford necessities to improve their quality of life.
Marchella (baby Ella) is 5 years old and has cerebral palsy and global developmental delay. When we first took her into our program in June, she was very tiny weighing around 12 pounds. She is now 16 pounds! And she has started trying to crawl and babble.
She has 3 siblings and lives with her parents in a single room. Her mother stays at home to care for the children and her father works as a driver. Her father had been unable to work during quarantine as public transport has been stopped. He is now able to work most of the them. To earn extra money to feed her family, her mother wakes early to make and sell sticky rice.
They are currently without electricity due to a typhoon in the area.
Baby Ella currently needs formula, Reliv, diapers, vitamins and diapers.