School Lunches Improve Learning for Mayan Children

 
$9,378
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Jun 27, 2012

Fruits, veggies and herbs..oh my!

It’s the middle of the school year in Guatemala, and Pueblo a Pueblo continues to bring hot nutritious meals to 6 schools in the Santiago Atitlan region.  That’s more than 1,150 primary school children that are getting nourishing meals!

The School Lunch project is an integral part of the School Health and Nutrition Program’s efforts to address food security and malnutrition, and impart sustainable gardening techniques to children and their families.  By nourishing the children’s bodies and minds, we aim to positively impact their quality of life, as well as that of the communities.

The School Lunch and Organic School Garden projects work hand-in-hand to teach students how to plant and harvest the healthy foods they eat during lunch.  Our school gardens are flourishing, with over 50 edible varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs planted!  Students, teachers along with Pueblo a Pueblo staff enjoy picking the fruits of their labor to supplement the nourishing meals served in the schools.  Supported by a strong group of mothers who donate their time to cook delicious lunches for the students, vegetables such as beets, carrots and varieties of leafy greens are used to make healthy salads; while assorted peppers, tomatoes and onions are used to flavor warm and hearty soups.

Through this integrated experience, students learn the important connection between sustainable gardening, nutritious and balanced diet, and their well-being.  Healthy, well-fed children make happy and attentive students, allowing them to realize their full potential at school!

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Rosemary Trent

Executive Director
Washington, DC Guatemala

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