This project contributed to the strengthening of the Daycare centers of Amando López, Octavio Ortiz and El Presidio. Additionally, this project added an installation of a new satellite internet service in the office of ACUDESBAL to allow members to be able to effectively communicate with us as well as with other organizations. This service also extends to the surrounding community giving the population access to fast internet access and improving theirs also. Access is extended to the Health clinics in Nuevo Amanecer and El Zamoran as well as to the Renal Disease Treatment Center in Cuida Romero. The chart below outlines the things we were able to accomplish with the past project for 2013-2014 year.
Specific achievements of the project:
1 - Improvement to the kitchen and fence in the daycare center of Amando Lopez.
2 - Develop a process of educating and training the parents and staff of the three centers in order to contribute to the improvement of the handling of food, sanitation, nutrition, and oral health.
3 - Install internet service for the institutional communication and access for the organization ACUDESBAL
Communities benefiting from the project by municipality:
ACUDESBAL-surrounding communities indirectly through internet and computer services.
Amando LopezOctavio OrtizThe Presidio
We have expanded our partnership with ACUDESBAL to encompass more of the residents in Bajo Lempa. This project aims to support the youth of the Bajo Lempa Region, as they are one of the most vulnerable group affected by the social phenomena linked to criminality in the country.
This project seeks to develop a sports project involving more than 800 young men and women. This new project allows for the participation of the majority of families in the communities that seek to harmonize the coexistence of young people and to reduce the probability that they engage in anti-social activities through football. Similarly, the school of music will be strengthened as a dynamic element of the knowledge about our culture and which also forms part of the methodology of work with young people ACUDESBAL develops. Additionall, services of musical instruments are provided for the different musical groups and the school of music. Others will continue supporting centers of child welfare with the purpose of contributing to improve the quality of life of children through increased sanitary and food conditions.
Thanks to your support, we have been able to achieve much success in improving the health and quality of life in the Bajo Lempa Region of El Salvador. With your donations, we can continue to work in the communities and achieve good, sustainable results.
Dear friends of Globemed at Penn State
It is with great satisfaction and joy that we share with you this brief but significant report of this Daycare Centers Garden Project and Healthy Environment Initiative Project that just ended. Due to this project we were are to garner significant achievements for the benefit of the children of the three daycare centers in Bajo Lempa. There is no doubt that solidarity unites people together as we work to build a world more human for all.
ACUDESBAL, is deeply grateful and excited to have this wonderful relationship and cooperation with GlobeMed at Penn State. Every day the bonds of friendship unite with humility and sincerity that characterizes a good relationship which holds the promise of many achievements for the future of not just our children but for our communities in general.
We do not want to ignore the recognition and appreciation to all those men and women who selflessly sacrifice to come visit Bajo Lempa and share the experiences with our farming families, who often have to face different type circumstances both culturally and in regards to live conditions, but the power of their good heart to help the communities that allows them to share their lives with us if only briefly. Many thanks my dear colleagues.
In the same way, we want to thank all those who gather and donate the funds which then become important projects for our communities we hope that God multiplies every effort that you partake in helping our communities.
On love and solidarity, your friend always,
The GlobeMed chapter at Penn State ended its year with many exciting events. Such events included our 6th Annual Global Health Conference, the 2013 GlobeMed Global Health Summit, and most importantly, our annual trip to visit our partner organization, ACUDESBAL, in El Salvador. Five members within our chapter were given the wonderful opportunity to meet ACUDESBAL and experience the rich culture of Bajo Lempa. The five interns stayed with three women that work in the Amando Lopez daycare in which we mobilized funds towards the nutrition project. We were greeted with open arms, smiling faces, and an eagerness to begin work towards our mission of implementing solutions to improve the health and sustainability of the three different communities in the Bajo Lempa area.
While on ground, we were able to assess the growth of all 160 children that we support through our nutrition project by measuring and recording heights and weights and comparing this data to that of last year’s. In addition to the organic garden portion of our project to increase self-sustaining agriculture, we have extended our efforts to improve the dental hygiene within the community. Not only will each daycare receive three yearly visits from a nutritionist, but they will also receive three yearly visits from a dentist to ensure each child has adequate dental care.. In our visits, we have noticed that very few people had little to no access to such health care. Providing dental care will ensure that each child will have the necessary supplies to maintain dental health and prevent any issues that can be severely detrimental to his or her health in the future.
Each year, our chapter works towards build onto the projects that we have already established. We firmly believe that physical activity is an essential part to one’s health alongside with nutrition. With that said, physical activity is a component that we are looking forward to incorporating within our project. Soccer is a favorite past time in Central and South America, and we intend to fund a soccer club for both the daycare children and the secondary school children within the three communities that we work in. We are very much excited for the future of GlobeMed at Penn State, ACUDESBAL, and the positive changes that will result from our efforts towards improving the health and well-being of the Bajo Lempa population.
In August 20, 2011 GlobeMed at Penn State and ACUDESBAL partnered to achieve food security for three day care centers in La Canoa, a district in the Bajo Lempa region of Jiquilisco, El Salvador. These centers are located in the towns of El Presido, Amado Lopez, and Octavio Ortiz and provide services for 160 children ages 1 to 5. In addition to providing the children with both breakfast and lunch, they also provide preschool education. This prepares the children for their future education, and provides them with food and nutrition that is often unavailable to them.
The project’s construction and training phases have already been completed. In each of the three daycare centers, a tilapia tank has been built measuring 10 meters long, 1.5 meters high and 25 cm. Each tank houses 350 tilapia, which provide a rich protein source for the children. This also reduces food and transportation costs, that can now be allotted to other needs such as school, sanitation, and medical supplies. It will also decrease the debt burden that the centers must incur to provide food for the children due to lack of funding. Each center also has an agricultural garden component that is starting to provide crops for the meals provided to the children. The gardens currently contain pepino, green beans, yams, green peppers, and radishes. There are currently 70 pepino plants, 60 green beans plants, 15 yams plants, 48 green peppers plants, and 80 radishes planted. As the project expands and the proper growing seasons arise, ACUDESBAL hopes to add tomatoes, malangas, zagu, mangos, bananas and other crops into the garden’s cultivation cycle.
The gardens are maintained by the parents of the children of the centers so that they have a personal stake in the maintenance of the gardens and the nutrition of their children. The training and upkeep are directed by Salvador Gomez of ACUDESBAL, Orlanya Perez, and Rafael Gomez, two community members who work under Salvador. These three have been responsible for the overall process for the project. In addition to training the parents on how to maintain the gardens and cultivate the various crops mentioned above, they also hope that the project will inspire the adults of the community to move from the production of corn and sugar to move nutritious and healthy foods.
In June of this year, five student interns will travel to El Salvador to collect data on the heights and weights of the children involved in the project, assess progress, and make plans for the upcoming year.
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