They stared blankly. Their eyes said it all.
The two brothers, Michelet, 9, and Machelet, 8, clung to each other along the edge of a steep rocky mountain path in Haiti. They had been abandoned by all of their loved ones and left alone to die.
Michelet was so malnourished he couldn’t walk. Machelet suffered severe pain from bloating due to kwashiorkor (an excruciating form of malnutrition). They just sat by the road, hoping someone might help.
Thankfully, a woman from a nearby village noticed the boys. She took them to a mountain clinic run by our food partner, Real Hope for Haiti (RHFH).
When they asked Michelet and Machelet what had happened, the boys became visibly nervous and guarded. They didn’t want to talk about it.
“These boys have been neglected for most of their lives and have experienced so many losses,” said RHFH. “We suspect their lives have been full of great sadness and suffering.”
Michelet and Machelet need time to heal. Both are severely stunted and look like they are only 4 or 5 years old. But in just a few short months, with the help of daily FMSC meals, Michelet gained 10 pounds and Machelet gained 8 pounds after losing the water weight from kwashiorkor.
Until you showed up for them, these precious boys didn’t have hope. Now, they know you care. You sent food. You sent love. You told them they matter. They’re slowly gaining energy and have started smiling all the time!
You made this transformation happen. And just like these brothers, there are other children who really need food. Without you they won’t know they are deeply cared for.
Your generosity sends hope and healing to children like Machelet and Michelet in the worst situations around the world. Every dollar is important. Just 22 cents makes a difference for a hungry child.
Please give a meaningful gift today so more kids like Michelet and Machelet receive this essential food.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.