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This is the center in Mamitupu, the most primitive of the islands.  This center feeds an average of 150 children per day, 6 days a week.  Using the soup twice a week will make it possible to feed even more nutritious meals on other days.

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In Ailigandi, the children can be seen dancing and enjoying the plantains (cooking bananas) which is the basic staple of their diets.  Each child receives their own bowl and cup, and usually, siblings feed each other.  Egg sandwiches are also part of their diet.  Drinks are made from oatmeal and milk, when milk can be afforded.  This is the oldest feeding center, which now feeds children sent to them from the hospital and also pregnant women; about 80 each day.

Children wait in line for their egg sandwich and milk drink.

At the age of 6 months, children start out at the center.
They're able to get the egg sandwiches and milk drinks to nourish them for a day.


Mani received a pediatric walker from Dr. Daniel and Jane Gruver.  He needs the walker to help him walk until he can have surgery to release his hamstrings.  He had been using a huge two-foot plastic beach ball for balance.  The entire Kuna community gathered to watch Mani balance on the big gray ball.  "You say some rich sailboat lost this ball, but I say the ball came from God," says Eric, one of the Kuna youth.  Now Mani can practice on his new walker thanks to a generous donation, which reminds Jane Gruver of how we work as "the body of Christ" trying to help our fellow man in this world.

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