School Lunches Improve Learning for Mayan Children

 
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Transforming Organic Gardens into School Lunches

Over the past months your donations have allowed us at Pueblo a Pueblo to install Organic School Garden projects in two new partner elementary schools: Totolyá and Nueva Providencia.

Before we arrived the Ministry of Education provided both schools with small amount of “school snack” funding. Each day children received a half-cup of ‘Atol,’ a warm, corn based drink that helped to keep their hunger at bay but lacked core nutrients and vitamins. Moreover, funding from the Ministry was inconsistent and often failed to feed all the students. Since children need vegetables, meats, and grains to get a sufficient amount of daily energy, the simple provision of Atol wasn’t enough. Many dropped out before the sixth grade.

Studies show that having access to daily, nutritious foods helps students to focus, resist illnesses, and remain motivated in school. Because of you we already provide daily, hot lunches to four partner schools in the Santiago Atitlán region. Fruits and vegetables used in the lunches are grown in our organic school gardens – the same as those we just installed in Totolyá and Nueva Providencia. In addition to providing lunches, the gardens teach students about healthy eating habits and sustainable agriculture, key concepts in a region continually threatened by food insecurity. With your support, these gardens will continue to evolve into nutritious lunches and an invaluable educational resource for students in Totolyá and Nueva Providencia. Thank you for making this possible.  

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Rosemary Trent

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