Our project, the Daycare Centers Garden Project and Healthy Environment Initiative, focuses on food security, nutrition education, sanitation, and oral health via organic community gardening for students at three daycare centers in the impoverished region of Bajo Lempa, El Salvador. This project impacts the health of 160 young children by improving access to healthy foods and empowering them to take charge of their health decisions at a critical developmental age.
Currently, there are 3 daycare centers providing care for 160 children in the rural Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador. These daycare centers are critically underfunded by the government, and struggle to provide nutritionally adequate meals under an already-stretched budget. In addition, annual flooding and natural disasters coupled with poor drainage systems frequently wipe-out local crops, making food sustainability a crucial issue in the communities of the already impoverished region.
In 2011-12, GlobeMed provided the funds to plant an organic community garden with proper drainage systems at each daycare center. The 2012-13 project focuses on nutrition education, improved sanitation and oral health. A nutritionist and dentist will visit each daycare center three times a year to educate students and guardians about health and oral hygiene. The project will also fund the construction of sanitary latrines, fencing for the gardens, and safety improvements in the daycare kitchens.
The GlobeMed model focuses on long-term, invested partnerships in order to achieve sustainable results. Community-run organic gardens and educational programs are designed to empower community members to take charge of their own health. Though our project focuses on the 160 children in the daycare centers, these interventions reach out to educate and build capacity for their families, the daycare center staff, and the surrounding community.
We are very happy that GlobeMed is a part of this project with us, and that we can continue working together on improving the lives of the children that the daycares serve. - Mario Guevara, Co-Founder and Executive Director of ACUDESBAL
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,325
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,675
Total Funding Goal: $10,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).