Thanks to donors of CasaSito’s “Feed the Minds and Bodies” program, in 2012 257 children attending the educational centers of Semilla de Esperanza y Amor (SEA), EducArte, Los Patojos, received the critical nourishment they need to grow and learn.
CasaSito’s considers nutrition to be an integral part of our quest to provide better educational opportunities. Children attending our partner projects are better prepared to learn since the children receive at least one healthy full meal and/or refacción (snack) Mondays through Fridays. For most of the children served by these institutions, the meals they receive there are their only source of important protein, vitamins and nutrients.
An added and very important component of this program is that children and their mothers have an opportunity to learn about proper nutrition and healthy habits. For example, SEA enlisted the help from a nutritionist from the United States to create healthy, well-balanced weekly menus. Since the mothers are responsible for cooking the meals, they have learned to cook healthily and to combine food groups to ensure the best nutrition possible. On the other hand, EducArte and Los Patojos have incorporated health and prevention programs that teach children the importance of good nutrition and how to make good food choices. Additionally, CasaSito facilitated several interesting activities in 2012. For example, CasaSito held cooking classes that taught mothers how to prepare healthy meals with small family budgets. Also, CasaSito sponsored a series of workshops that demonstrated the high nutritional value of native Guatemalan leafy vegetables such as chipilin, macuy, chaya and moringa. During these workshops the participants also learned how to incorporate these vegetables into the family’s daily diet to ensure the best nutrition possible.
Nutrition is essential to the overall being of the child, and equally important to their educational attainment. Through your donations we ensure that more children have better opportunities to grow healthy and better equipped to learn!