Dec 15, 2015

Feed The World Joins CHOICE Humanitarian!!

Carlos is showing off his young chicken from FTW
Carlos is showing off his young chicken from FTW

In an effort to become more efficient at helping families to lift themselves out of poverty, Feed The World has now joined forces with CHOICE Humanitarian. CHOICE (The Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Inter-Cultural Exchange) has a self developing community model that will add strength to the Feed The World small scale agriculture model (SSAM). As we teach families how to raise a variety of crops and animals they become nutritionally self sufficient and economically stable. By adding the CHOICE Humanitrian model we can help these families unite as communities. They are able to pool their resources, combine with government agencies, and improve the infrastructure of the communities. CHOICE projects include schools, medical clinics, water systems, latrines, cooking stoves, etc. We are excited to add these two programs together.

What has happened recently? Our technicians have braved the long bus rides to Pacaipampa and have almost completed the first year of training. We have enlisted the help of six local technicians funded by the local government. The Feed The World technicians from our office in Peru train the local technicians who then do the day to day mentoring of the families. We are working with five communities in the Pacaipampa region with 20 -30 families in each community.

Our technicians recently taught our small scale agriculture model (SSAM) to students in the technical school at Chulucanas. These classes better prepare the students to go out as extension agents and help the rural poor in ways that work for them. The  SSAM is focused on the rural, small scale farmer that does not have access to equipment and resources that larger farmers do. These extension agents carry appropriate training to the rural poor.

The region of Frias has requested that we return for a second round and work with another 300 families. We have very good relationships with the local government and the people themselves, so we are very excited to see how quickly the families will respond. We are also anxious to implement the CHOICE self-developing community model in the areas where we have worked.

The mayor of Tambo Grande heard about our program and has contracted with us to train 300 families in his district. We have been training local technicians employed by the government to mentor the families.It is exciting to see the response that we have had. This project will continue for at least a year with the possibility of being a continual program. In addition, we are working with the mayor to develop economic opportunies for his citizens.

Recently our in country director, Oscar Vilela has been contacted by the mayors of La Arena and El Faigue that want to partner with us. They will cover most of the costs of the program. We are really excited about working with these other communities. The mayor of Guanamaca has requested that in addition to our SSAM that we help them on a water project that will provide water to 250 families. As you can see there is great demand for our program in Peru. Oscar pleads for help with transportation. Our one truck is old and often in the reapir shop so our staff has to depend on public transportion. Donations for a better truck would be very much appreciated.

We want to thank all of those that have donated to our program. We still have a long way to go and ask that you will help tell our story to others. Our goal is to eliminate extreme poverty by teaching and encouraging the rural poor to lift themselves out of poverty. Come join us!!! 

Juan of CHOICE Mexico teaches wood saving stoves
Juan of CHOICE Mexico teaches wood saving stoves
Guinea Pigs provide protein for these children
Guinea Pigs provide protein for these children
Happy graduates from our 1st Frias project
Happy graduates from our 1st Frias project
Carlos training local technicians: Pacaipampa
Carlos training local technicians: Pacaipampa
Jul 17, 2015

One Measure of Success: A Child "Growing Like a Weed!"

This is the "Why"
This is the "Why"

So much can be learned from watching a child grow.  When a child grows in height and weight you know he is getting enough to eat. If the child is active and curious, learning easily and playing with vigor you know the nutrition and the calories are there to meet the big requirements for healthy child growth. Parents around the world want healthy growth for their children. Wouldn't you agree?  Feed the World agrees and is doing something about it in Peru.  The World Bank reports that nearly 30% of the children in Peru have stunted height due to malnutrition.

Feed the World, together with the University of Piura, the Regional Government of Frias, and the local town of Frias, piloted a one year project teaching 150 families how to provide complete nutrition by planting sequential gardens, raising small livestock, field crops, proper hygiene and food security. 

The project was a huge success!   So much that the Frias Region is requesting several more years of the project for families.  What they know is their families are eating better food with better nutrition. Their energy is up and they want more training. They are seeing the possibility of not needing to be fearful of unforeseen circumstances, like crop failure, which usually meant extreme hunger for their families. Then the families will begin to see and foster economic possibilities because basic needs like food will be met.

So let's talk about how the next success can happen.  Feed the World has the expertise and trainers with a proven track record of training families.  More families want training so Feed the World starts training the trainers.  But wait! There is a hitch in the cog. The Frias Region is extremely mountainous terrain and the one and only Feed the World vehicle just bit the dust.  That doesn't stop Feed the World!  Travel by public transportation is the way the program is still happening but any efficiency is lost. By bus it takes an average of three hours longer to get to any of the project sites. It's true the work can go on but it's like working with one hand tied behind your back. The reward for the effort is children receiving adequate nutrition for growth. Please consider donating.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated. 

Families learning agriculture for nutrition
Families learning agriculture for nutrition
Trainer demonstrating new concepts in gardening
Trainer demonstrating new concepts in gardening
A full classroom of learners
A full classroom of learners

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May 13, 2015

This Project is Fully Funded and Your Support has Made it Possible! Thank you.

One of our beneficiaries. She is why we do this.
One of our beneficiaries. She is why we do this.

We are very excited to report that our project: "500 Hungry Children - A Lasting Solution" has been fully funded! In fact, we were able to raise even more than we needed to help the children of these rural schools in the Cotacachi Region of Ecuador begin their journey toward better nutrition and a brighter future. 

Since the project started, we have had 85 separate donations from 68 generous donors, enabling us to raise a grand total of $6,675 that has gone directly to our Ecuador team to help with a lasting solution to fight hunger and poverty in Cotacachi. Our technical team is hard at work helping these students and their families learn to plant and harvest nutritious vegetables, take care of small livestock for protein consumption, and raise crops for animal feed.

Now that the Ecuador school project has been funded, we would like you to know about the urgent financial needs we have in the Piura Region of Peru, where nearly 30% of the young children have stunted height due to malnutrition. With no other options, these farm families are stuck in an impossible situation that they have little hope of escaping.

Our current program in Peru includes over 123 families in Huarochiri and Pakiapampa who have been learning about proper hygiene and nutrition, how to plant sequential gardens, raise small livestock, plant a variety of field crops, and learn hygiene and nutrition. Our successful mentoring program helps these rural families to achieve nutritional and financial self-reliance with sustainable agriculture. As families learn to eat a varied diet of food that they raise themselves, they are protected against unforeseen events in the climate and economy. Excess products are marketed to provide income for non-food items such as school fees and household items.

We are now using the "train the trainers" model in which our staff are teaching dozens of technicians who will go out to new villages to train more families and expand our reach exponentially. In fact, we are planning to reach about 600 to 800 new families in Frias, Tambo Grande, Chulucanas, and other villages in the Piura region. We need your help to make this a reality! Please find our new project here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/feedtheworld-peru/

Thank you again for your enthusiastic support of our programs. We strive every day to make sure your money is used wisely to help our program families reach nutritional and economic self reliance. You are a critical partner in this important endeavor.

Thriving produce in Ecuador greenhouses.
Thriving produce in Ecuador greenhouses.
Learning to grow nutritious food changes lives.
Learning to grow nutritious food changes lives.
This little boy has a bright future thanks to you.
This little boy has a bright future thanks to you.
One of our program guinea pigs (aka cuyes).
One of our program guinea pigs (aka cuyes).
This girl now has a varied and nutritious diet.
This girl now has a varied and nutritious diet.

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