CERI Child Relief and Support Program (Mexico)

$8,894 $6,106
Raised Remaining
Dec 6, 2011

Cultivating Responsibility: A New Garden Project

A New Irrigated Garden
A New Irrigated Garden

Recently a group of volunteers from Georgetown, Texas visited Matamoros Children’s Home and installed an irrigated garden.  The volunteers laid tubing, tilled the soil, and planted produce in the new 100 x 100-foot teaching garden.  With any success and continued funding, we hope to enlarge it in the future. 

We are currently growing watermelons, cantaloupes, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, radishes, carrots, bell peppers, and cilantro!  Since the garden is small for now, all of the produce grown is used in the Home’s kitchen to prepare meals for the children.  Our cilantro is growing so well that we are able to trade bunches of it in a local store for other goods.  If we are able to expand the garden in the future, we hope to yield enough produce to sell the excess in local markets. 

In addition to providing nutritious ingredients for the children’s meals, the garden is also both a teaching tool and a fun experience for the Home’s children.  They are being taught responsibility and how to be productive through tending the garden and collecting and cleaning the produce.  So far they are enjoying participating in the planting and care of the plants, and of course, the tasty results of their work!

Thank you for your support of Matamoros Children’s Home!  Projects like this one could not be accomplished without the support of donors and volunteers like you who believe in our work and in our children. 

A Child Collects Produce in the Garden
A Child Collects Produce in the Garden
Harvesting Watermelons
Harvesting Watermelons



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Gretchen Lange Baumgarten

Director of Development
Kingwood, Texas United States

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