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Happy Tummies

Happy Tummies is an after school ministry for malnourished elementary school children. School teachers tell us that many children attend school suffering from malnutrition leaving them with little energy and too hungry to focus on learning. Pastors and teachers give us names of families having difficulty providing food for their children. In-home interviews are conducted and applications completed. There is a waiting list and we continually pray for more monthly contributions so we can include more from this list.

Vitamins are donated by mission teams and individuals so that each child gets a daily vitamin. The children must thoroughly wash their hands, always using soap, as soon as they arrive each day. They have to try to get the dirt out from under their fingernails and some of them even extend the ritual to washing their faces! Toothbrushes and toothpaste are provided for each child and they must brush their teeth after eating. A monthly doctor's visit for checkups help to keep medical records current. The moms take turns each day cleaning before and after the children eat. The meal and help with schoolwork are, of course, vital; however, our biggest priority is teaching them about the Lord. We teach them from the Word, as well as by example. Many of these children have a hard home life, so at Happy Tummies we try to show as much of God’s love as we possibly can. Most of the children do not get anything to eat at home, so they come in very hungry (especially on Monday since they haven't had much at all to eat over the weekend). They can have as much as they want to eat, but they must clean their plate before going back for more. It would amaze you to see how much some of them can eat! While it is heart-warming to watch, it is also heart-breaking.

It has been such a thrill to watch the children’s progress. When they first come to us, they are very lethargic. Within 2 weeks, we can see a difference in their energy levels and their little faces continually light up with smiles. The teachers work with the children on math, reading, and writing skills. The children also are taught a Bible story every day. Parents constantly thank us for helping their children. They volunteer without hesitation to help in any way they can.

There is a long waiting list with names of others who NEED to be included. We are praying for monthly supporters to be able to include more children in San Juan, Panyebar, and to provide a full meal for the School. Please pray with us and if you feel God moving you to help, every penny donated in the name of Happy Tummies will go towards the Happy Tummies ministry. It takes US$30 per child per month to provide nutritious meals, nutrition drink, a doctor's visit, medicine, the salary for teachers and cooks, electricity, water and other things that come up.  Please prayerfully consider if you can become a monthly donor to help the children. To make a donation, click on the menu button "DONATE" for options.