BYU Professors Visit LCF's Peru Program


On behalf of Liahona Children’s Foundation, a cadre of Brigham Young University professors serving as foundation consultants in the field of public health traveled to Peru on August 19 - 25, 2013. The team was composed of Professors Benjamin Crookston, Joshua West and Cougar Hall. The team of professors and LCF Board Members Alberto Puertas and Brad Walker met with the Area Offices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lima. One result from this meeting – much like the potential collaboration taking place between LCF and the Area Offices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Guatemala – is that the Area Offices of the church in Peru are considering adding a childhood nutritional supplement to the Bishop’s Storehouse forms. This tremendous support, if implemented, would allow LCF or the stakes themselves to spread a malnutrition program to additional locations throughout Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Bolvia – areas where screenings have shown a 20% malnutrition rate among LDS children. In addition, the BYU professors had the opportunity to meet with counterparts at the University of Peru in Piura to explore working together from a research perspective, which if successful would include sending graduate and undergraduate students from BYU to the program cities, towns and rural areas to collect, manage and analyze screening data in connection with LCF’s mission and work.