This is a story about a girl named Peace. She is a 14 year old girl who is severely malnourished. She weighs only 18.4 kg (40 lbs). She is very frail and wasted in appearance. Her mother died of HIV and Peace was left in the care of her grandmother who was unable to care for her properly. Thankfully her aunt is now the caregiver, and has brought Peace to the Health Center for treatment. If you plot Peace on a CDC growth chart (noted for the United States), she isn't even close to hitting the 5th percentile (37kg/81lbs). This chart, below, shows that she is the approx. weight of a 6 or 7 year old. It’s not just her low weight that cuts to my heart; Peace also has TB and is HIV+. Both of these diseases significantly increase her need for proper nutrition. She has a huge battle to fight and has a long road to recovery. After a week, I was finally able to see her smile! I pray that over the next several weeks as she is being treated with therapeutic food and meds that she will begin to have hope.
Please pray for healing, for restoration, and for hope in this little girl. Pray that she will feel God’s love being poured over her.
(If you need help finding her dot on the chart; follow the x-axis across the bottom until you find the number 14, and then follow the y-axis upward until you hit the 18.4 kg/40 lb. mark)