Last August, Francys Rivero, an unemployed single mother of four, feared for her baby's life. Two months after his birth, even though she was breastfeeding him regularly, Kenai de Jesus wasn't gaining weight.
Sometimes, families are torn between competing needs.
Deina Alvarez, a 6-year-old student and aspiring gymnast, is underweight and receiving nutritional supplements from a local charity. Although her parents both work, they don't earn enough to fill a grocery cart and buy the medicines they both need as epileptics.
"Either we pay for medicine or we pay for food," said Diana Rodriguez, Deina's mother.
PHOTO EDITING GABRIELLE FONSECA JOHNSON; EDITING Paulo
Prada; ADDITIONAL REPORTING Luc Cohen; Layout Julia Dalrymple