Part of the curriculum in Guatemala is learning about the damage caused by not throwing trash away correctly and the benefits of recycling.
In Guatemala waste disposal is a big problem. Recycling of waste is done by the trash collectors as part of their waste recycling service but the problem lies in getting the trash to the waste disposal units. Most people, uneducated in the effects of trash on the environment just throw it in the street.
Each year students in our school learn about why it is important to throw trash in the bin, recycle products and save their environment. As part of the activity they go and collect trash, looking and learning about the effects of it as they do. They bring the trash back to school and then learn how to recycle it correctly and use it in the school.
This year, the students saved some of the trash and along with some educational materials of the school, they made murals to represent different problems with throwing trash in the streets. Then, we invited all the parents to come in and look at the murels and recieve a presentation from the whole class on what the problem is and how recycling improves the environment.
This is such an important topic for the whole community to understand and be educated on. By using our educational materials we could help everyone understand and improve their community.
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This month in Ecuador we focused on nutrition for the children and their families.
Plan Papas is our new pilot project with a goal is harvest enough potatoes to create a revenue stream to pay for the nutrition programme at Muenala. The community is busy preparing their land ready for seeding over the next two weeks.
Plan Iron Woman has been a success so far with the vegetables being enjoyed at school by the children and at home by the mums. We are even providing some starter recipes to encourage different uses of spinach, onions and peas! The mums are also pooling their earned funds from some of the vegetable to buy the more seeds for the garden.
Finally, in Muenala we have planted our vegetable patch this week using homegrown compost to give the veggies the best chance at survival! This will complement the healthy spinach, chard and peas coming from Plan Iron Woman and of course our school nutrition program. And are making small but substantial steps forward for Phoenix. Nutritional plans are absolutely vital for the development of the children and their families and their ability to absorb an education in the classroom. Thanks to you and your continued support through donations we can keep improving the livelihoods of these communities!
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