Thanks to your generosity, APROSADSE's economic development program has been a strong area for the organization. Its income-generating program has allowed farmers to not only improve their agricultural practices through agro-ecology training workshops, but also invest in livestock-raising and small businesses. This program has truly become a source of employment and family income, as many beneficiaries don't have many years of education and aren't accepted in many work opportunities.
In the past year, the organization has trained 30 agro-ecology promoters and integrated household gardens (a total of 44) to provide food security and source of nutritional diet to the families. As APROSADSE looks to the future, their objectives include more workshops on agroe-cology and increasing organic crop yields while also focusing on sustaining environmental protection through the following measures:
1) Identify a sustainable environmental program
2) Establish coordination with the Ministry of the Environment.
3) Build latrines that produce organic fertilizer
4) Build wood-saving stoves that help reduce the consumption of timber-yielding trees.
5) Support schools that want to integrate an environmental education.
6) Develop reforestation projects
With your help, APROSADSE's can realize their objectives for the future and continue their work in promoting environmentally sustainable agroe-cological practices in the local communities of Guatemala. Thank you for all your support!
APROSADSE is facing some difficulties with their garden projects due to lack of continuous access to water, but the organization is continuing to provide training and educational programs to local communities in spite of the hardships so that long-term these projects are a success.
Your donations have helped to strengthen objectives for agro-ecology promoters and make improvements to the training involved to become certified. The process is now more rigid as participants must participate in workshops, conduct community practices and receive an evaluation at the end of the training before becoming officially certified.
Here is just one story of your donations at work:
Juan Carlos Enrique Jichá Cumatzil is a 14 year old with a deep interest in veterinary health and agro-ecology. His goal is to complete a technical career in five years and dedicate himself to improving his chicken-raising and other livestock rearing practices, and agriculture projects. This young man stood out in the first round of promoters under the new certification process.
With the help of teachers from APROSADSE, Carlos was able to finish his first year of middle school and complete all the requirements to obtain certification despite having to work all day in the agricultural fields and take care of his animals and gardens at home.
Because of this training, Juan Carlos is able to support the needs of his mother and 6 siblings and has become an active community leader working to improve the livelihood of the members of his community.
Carlos is a promising young man whose access to training and education has been made possible thanks to generous supporters like you!
By offering training for health, agroecology, the environment, pharmacy and veterinary services, APROSADSE is providing support and technical assistance to indigenous community groups and families in San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimaltnango.
APROSADSE has been successful in many areas, but wants to continue to advance the capacity of community leaders, support developers and producers in order to improve the quality of community production and to create organizational and financial self-sustainability.
APROSADSE is establishing projects with both individuals and communities, by developing awareness in the communities about the importance of animal health, which will positively contribute to production, economic growth and therefore, improve livelihoods. They are also strongly focusing their efforts on strengthening the participation of young indigenous women through raising livestock and other income-generating activities that lead to better food security for entire families and communities.
When you lend your support to projects like these, you are a direct part in helping communities further their goals for a more vibrant and healthy future - thank you!
Deciding what to grow in a garden is part of the training APROSADSE provides to it's 50 families that are starting their home gardens. A workshop was held, particularly for families with high levels of malnutrition, on the benefits of growing fruits and vegetables in their gardens. Vegetables like squash, beets, beans, and corn are important parts of the local diet- but as globalization impacts community diets, many of these healthy and nutritious, local foods have been overshadowed by cheaply processed foods.
Using organic compost and fertilizer for gardening was another important topic covered by APROSADSE's workshop. Sustainable and ecologically friendly, organic fertilizer is also cheaper and families can make it themselves via backyard compost. Training was also held for families on how to care for the gardens and cooking recipes with support from the Xilotepec Association.
Learning valuable skills in how to produce nutritious food for the family increases the overall access impoverished families have to good nutrition. Thank you for supporting this initiative to help make families healthy!
50 households in Guatemala have been provided with the training, tools, and seeds needed to plant their own gardens. Identified as families at high risk for malnutrition, the households benefiting from your donations have the chance to grow healthy food and mitigate their food insecurity.
Rather than depending on outside sources for access to nutritious food, these families have the chance to learn about nutrition and organic gardening – and the most active participants in this project are women providing for their children.
Thanks to support from donors like you, we can curb malnutrition by empowering communities with the education and supplies to grow their own food.
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