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Dec 30, 2018

Climbing Mountains to Feed Children

Enermila and her 3 children
Enermila and her 3 children

Recent report from our Nutrition Team: 

"Enermila has four children, three of which are receiving the nutritional supplement Chispuditos. She lives in a very small village and she is very poor. Her husband is very strict with her. He won't let her have visitors in the house. He won't allow her to go anywhere. He is, as we say here, very machista.

Enermila has to walk over an hour with her four children to have them weighed, measured, and receive the nutritional supplement. She has to figure out a way to do it that won't cause her husband to get angry and not allow her to go. We had to figure out a way to get to see her in her home. We managed to find out when her husband was not there and visited her. She was so pleased to see us and offered us hospitality in her humble home. She was very grateful for the program and told us that her three children in the program are having less health issues since getting the supplement. She has a great deal of difficultly buying milk for her children so the Chispuditos is a godsend. Her husband will not give her much money as he has other families to take care of."

Every 3 months, the Shoulder to Shoulder staff go out into 15 different communities to ensure that vulnerable babies and small children receive the micronutrient supplement called Chispuditos.  Children who are lacking in necessary micronutrients suffer from poor brain development, anemia, stunting and under-nutrition.  The children live in mountainous areas and it is extremely difficutl to get to those areas. 

Want to get a feel for what it means to "Climb Mountains to Feed Children"?  Watch this great video, produced for Shoulder to Shoulder by Mallory Brown.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=2xVWW0V1QG4 

This project would not be possible if not for the generosity of two important donors: 

Mathile Institute -- provided us with a $50,000 grant; and

Tim and Kathleen Gunderman -- provided us with $22,000.  

Not everyone can provide gifts as large as those.  But, we are equally grateful to the 135 Individual Donors who made contributions to this project in 2018.

 

Won't you consider making an End of the Year Contribution to this project?! 

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Oct 29, 2018

Teachers from 23 Schools Gather for Technology Training

80 Teachers, from 23 schools, attend Training
80 Teachers, from 23 schools, attend Training

On August 30th, we held a training session on Educational Technology.  In attendance were 80 teachers, from 23 schools, in 7 towns.  Nine (9) of the schools were new to using the KA Lite technology.  We trained on the transition from KA Lite to Kolibri. Eight (8) schools were sent off with new equipment to start teaching in "presentation mode."   

 

For myself, it was a special meeting to have all of the teachers we have been working with over the last year and a half together in one room.  I believe we work with the absolute best from each school.  These teachers inspire us at Shoulder to Shoulder, and without their dedication to the kids' education, this project would not be successful.  

 

In September, we were lucky to have Dr. Dick Buten and Laura Manship come to Camasca for a week and a half. These two are treasured not only by us, but everyone in the Frontera. All year we hear “When is Dick coming?” “When is Laura coming?” We had another successful and productive week by their sides – visiting schools, talking with teachers and leaders, planning for the future, and deploying some extra equipment. Highlights from the trip include: 

 

 

** Talking with leaders in Concepcion and San Antonio about community proposals to expand the educational projects to their WHOLE municipalities;

 

** Working with the Regional Education Department to get all of the Honduran curriculum in digital form, and

 

** Encouraging the expansion of the robotics programs. In November, we are going to have a robotics competition between Concepcion, Camasca and Santa Lucia!

StS Volunteers -- Sandy (left); Grace (right)
StS Volunteers -- Sandy (left); Grace (right)

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Oct 8, 2018

Education is Power

Manuel with Nutrition Curriculum
Manuel with Nutrition Curriculum

It has been a very exciting 3 months. We just learned that the Mathile Institute will provide Shoulder to Shoulder with a grant of $50,000.  This is a matching grant.....we need to raise $50,000 so that the program will be funded for an entire year.  We started the new project year on September 1, 2018.  With luck -- and lots of supporters -- we can keep the program going until August 30, 2019.

Along with distributing the Chispuditos micronutrient product, we are now also providing nutritional education to the mothers and fathers in our program. Thanks to the generosity of Jessica Minesinger, one of the members of Shoulder to Shoulder's Board of Directors, Community Health workers now have a nutrition curriculum to use. We are hopeful that this education will also help to improve the health of the children in our program. Families lack information about good nutrition, and many children fill up on sugary drinks and salty snacks.  

Mallory Brown recently made a video in which she featured our program director, Gisela Ramos.  In the video, you see Gisela using the educational curriculum while making a presentation to the families.  If you'd like to feel like you're hiking along the mountains of Honduras, providing the micronutrient supplement to families, watch this video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=2xVWW0V1QG4

Heath Promoters learning the curriculum
Heath Promoters learning the curriculum

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