Dr. Steven Hotze of the Hotze Health and Wellness Center and founder of Physician's Preference has been a supporter of the New Life ministry since 1997.
In his capacity as a physician he had the opportunity to get to know a very inspiring woman, Judy Kerschner. Judy is a volunteer and missionary who, in a single classroom in 2000, founded the school Nueva Vida, New Life School, in the village of Santa Maria de Jesus in Guatemala.
Kerschner saw a great need in this community that was not equipped to provide educational and therapeutic resources for the children who have physical and developmental disabilities. She learned that the public school system in Guatemala is not supported to properly care for and educate children with needs. Further, these children are refused the right to a public education and are often ridiculed by other students, forcing them to forego an education and remain confined to their homes. Kerschner had a vision that began with working with a mere eight students, but is now a thriving licensed primary school with the capacity to teach and help students from kindergarten through sixth grade and this year has 80 students.
Many of the students have severe hearing or vision deficits, learning disabilities, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or sensory integration difficulties. The school is dependent on donations to provide proper medical care for the children who suffer from life-threatening medical conditions, such as seizure disorders. One hundred percent of all donations are applied toward the operation of the school and the children's needs, including teacher salaries, a nutrition program, school materials and supplies, building operations and maintenance, speech and occupational therapy, and medical care including wheelchairs.
After learning of Judy's pledge, Dr. Hotze saw an opportunity to support a noble cause, and through Physician's Preference launched the Nutri-Kids Gives New Life initiative. Through this initiative, Physician's Preference has arranged for twenty percent of all Nutri-Kids multivitamins sales to be donated to the New Life School.
Nutri-Kids multivitamins are fruity and chewable vitamin supplements for children age four and up. It is one of the most complete children's chewable combination multivitamin and mineral formulas on the market. Keeping in mind the sensitive needs of children, Nutri-Kids contains only the purest, most hypoallergenic ingredients and contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. With Physician's Preference's Nutri-Kids vitamins, not only will you be helping improve your own child's life, but also the life of a child in Santa Maria de Jesus in need.
The school equips the students with the skills necessary to lead more independent and meaningful lives. Many of these children did not own wheelchairs and instead were forced to crawl or remain stationary and now have the freedom of mobility. Other children who had never uttered a word prior to coming to New Life School have now been taught to speak and given the self-confidence to express themselves. Thanks to New Life and the support of the Nutri-Kids Gives New Life initiative, the children of the area are literally being given a new life full of hope, opportunity and happiness.
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