As a big fan of empowering the youth, I was very excited to be able to do a clinic in a school setting. The school was located inside of a market, and we had to drive past many rows of fruit and meats being sold. The principal of the school told us that the children work in the market alongside their parents from 1-7 am. After working in the market, they walk to school around 8 am, and after school, sleep from 5-10 pm. The children eat soup and coffee for both breakfast and dinner, and receive no lunch while at school. Coffee is apparently ~70cents cheaper than water. Because of this lack of substantial food, I plotted many growth charts for stunted, malnourished children. It was ironic to me that these children work in a market full of food, but were so underweight. Many patients reported head aches and stomach pains, which I could easily guess were due to a lack of water and nutrients. This site was very difficult for me to work at because I realized that in order to empower the youth and educate them, the young children needed food for their brains to develop. While this was hard to witness, I was happy to think that not only just health professionals could help these children. Anyone could support these children- if only they knew about it. I also think the children should be the first to know about the need for change. This is where education comes into play. I know it is difficult to tell a person with low income to add a variety of greens, grains, and proteins from the food pyramid to their daily diets, but perhaps giving them tips such as rationing food as small snacks throughout the day could increase energy and relieve severe stomach aches. If children had a snack throughout the school day, they could have more energy to learn. There is much to do for these children, but learning more about their lifestyle and community is the first step.