As you may know at Amextra, we believe in addressing health and nutrition in a holistic manner, working not only towards increased agricultural production but also alternatives to agrochemicals, clean water, breastfeeding workshops, hygiene workshops, and more. We want the families to make the most of the time spent with the regional team to ask questions, practice new techniques, and feel confident in replicating projects on their own.
In the communities in the Highlands (Los Altos) of Chiapas thankfully there have not been cases of Covid-19, so small groups and families have been able to meet. Three of the areas we have been able to focus on from July to September 2020 are:
Ointments for chicken pox. As part of the ethno-veterinary activities in the community of Canech, Tzacucum in Chiapas, we held a workshop on preparing natural ointments for chickens, in order for families to keep their birds healthy and strong. Four women and one man participated, obtaining 650 grams of the product that was distributed among the attendees.
Training of community promoters. The "community promoters" are people who, based on the knowledge acquired and the sharing of experiences, will be able to lead activities for the benefit of their community, including Tzacucum, Canech, Namtic, Xulumo, Tabilhucum and Santa Cruz in Aldama and Chalchihuitán, Chiapas; An educational meeting was held in which 12 women and 11 men participated, who learned about the importance of serving as a community promoter.
Healthy food preparation. Food preparation is a daily activity that involves various procedures and traditions, in the community of Canech in Chiapas we held a workshop on the use of peanuts in a traditional recipe, making small changes in the ingredients and preparation, in order to improve the nutritional characteristics of common local dishes. Eleven people from the community group participated in the workshop.
When combined, these projects and others allow the communities to improve their food sources and quality, as well as their leadership qualities that will allow them to begin new projects with the skills they have learned.
As always, thank you for your support! It is because of people like you that we are able to carry out these projects and change the lives of thousands of people every year.
Manager of Fundraising and Alliances
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