Over 60% of the 508 children attending San Jacinto & Nazacota Purento schools suffer from malnutrition. They come from low-income rural farm families trying to compete against multi-national farm companies. We can help them solve their nutrition problem through a school gardening program. We will teach the children and their families how to raise a variety of foods to provide a balanced diet for their families. With your help, we can change the lives of these children for generations to come.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Malnutrition is rampant among the children and families of the San Jacinto and Nazacota Puento schools in the rural area of Cotacachi County in Ecuador. A total of 508 children ages 3 to 16 years old do not currently receive breakfast, and only one small meal of crackers and a watery flour beverage provided by the government. Both schools have available land that is not currently being utilized which can be developed into an agricultural program to feed the children and their families.
How will this project solve this problem?
By establishing rotational gardens and small animal breeding programs on the land adjoining the school, the children, teachers, and parents will learn how to raise food to provide themselves with nutritional and balanced diets. They will also receive education about nutrition, garden & animal care to make the impact long-lasting. The improved nutrition will lead to enhanced cognitive abilities and more consistent school attendance because of less sick days.
Potential Long Term Impact
Once established, the program will benefit children and their families year after year. The establishment of the land for raising food, and the training provided by experienced personnel will continue long after the project is implemented as the teachers, children, and families, teach one another what they have learned in their own communities. Thus, establishing this program one time will benefit multiple generations of school children, their families, and the surrounding communities.
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,376
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,224
Total Funding Goal: $6,600