This month in Ecuador we focused on nutrition for the children and their families.
Plan Papas is our new pilot project with a goal is harvest enough potatoes to create a revenue stream to pay for the nutrition programme at Muenala. The community is busy preparing their land ready for seeding over the next two weeks.
Plan Iron Woman has been a success so far with the vegetables being enjoyed at school by the children and at home by the mums. We are even providing some starter recipes to encourage different uses of spinach, onions and peas! The mums are also pooling their earned funds from some of the vegetable to buy the more seeds for the garden.
Finally, in Muenala we have planted our vegetable patch this week using homegrown compost to give the veggies the best chance at survival! This will complement the healthy spinach, chard and peas coming from Plan Iron Woman and of course our school nutrition program. And are making small but substantial steps forward for Phoenix.
Nutritional plans are absolutely vital for the development of the children and their families and their ability to absorb an education in the classroom. Thanks to you and your continued support through donations we can keep improving the livelihoods of these communities!
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We are three months through the year now and I just wanted to update you to let you know three month's worth of birthdays have been celebrated across the five countries at the end of each of the three months!
Every month we gift the children with the birthdays in that month a lovely birthday present to open in front of the whole school! They also get a kiss and a cuddle from each child and the teachers, first place in the juice and snack line and a chance to break a piñata and find as many sweets as possible!
In three months we have given around 250 gifts, 250 juices and 250 snacks, plus 33,000-ish sweets have been scambled for on the floor!!
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