Brooke Foster, a BSN student originally from Randleman, NC, was awarded a Carolina Health Fellowship to travel to Guatemala. Through the GOD’s CHILD project, Ms. Foster volunteered in the Casa Jackson Hospital for one month, providing care for children suffering from the adverse effects of malnutrition.
According to the GOD’s CHILD project, more than half of Guatemalan children under the age of 5 suffer from malnutrition, the highest rate in Latin America. Casa Jackson was opened in 2008 to provide rehabilitative treatment to infants and children suffering from acute malnutrition and its side effects. Ms. Foster was part of an international team of volunteers who helped to feed and care for the hospital’s young patients as well as to educate their families about nutrition and child care.
Ms. Foster wants to continue caring for families after completing her degree. Following her graduation in May 2014, she hopes to find a job as a maternity nurse.