Meet Daniel, one of our new students at the Acorn Childcare Center!

Daniel is 2 years and 8 months old and the youngest child in a family of 5. His 13-year-old half-sister is a former student of the Center. His father works as a janitor in a small business and his mother works as a seamstress from home.

Daniel is struggling to overcome a range of physical and emotional challenges. His mother’s nutrition was very poor during her pregnancy and Daniel was born prematurely at 7 months. At birth he aspirated meconium and amniotic fluid, which required him to undergo surgery and lasting damage was done to his pharynx. He has difficulty retaining saliva in his mouth and drools a lot during the day. In addition he suffers from constant respiratory infections, strabismus (his eyes point in different directions) and a lack of coordination when walking. These difficulties have caused him to experience ongoing rejection and insecurity. In addition, Daniel’s father can be physically and psychologically abusive to his mother, and this experience has a direct impact on Daniel’s well-being as well.
Since enrolling in February, our staff are helping Daniel to feel more calm and secure, and to control his aggressive outbursts. They are teaching him better ways to express his frustrations and to develop good relationships with his peers. Already there are very significant changes in his language and behavior. He is becoming stronger, healthier, and more resilient. Staff are also seeking ways to support his mother to provide more consistent care at home, too.

Daniel shows happiness, empathy and optimism in all the different activities carried out at the CIB. He enjoys and accepts all the food that is offered to him at the CIB, four times a day. He especially loves fruits and vegetables, and generally eats 2 to 3 portions each time. He easily adapted to the daily routine. He likes to color, especially with crayons. He also likes to glue, tear, insert, build, assemble, listen to children’s stories, and he is passionate about dancing and singing children’s songs.

Because of your generosity we are able to provide healthy foods, stimulating activities and consistent care to help Daniel grow and thrive. Thank you!


Every donation helps ensure that we can continue transforming the lives of families facing extreme poverty.

Maya Childcare Inc is run entirely by volunteers, thus 100% of your donation goes directly to the Acorn Childcare Center.

The fact that the Acorn Childcare Centre is able to offer such crucial, life-changing support to children and families living in extreme poverty, is thanks to the work and the generosity of many people, doing and giving what they can to help. Every contribution matters, and together all these efforts make a huge difference.

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