Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru

by Feed the World
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Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru
Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru

In Peru, women represent as much as 80% of a family's labor force while also managing traditional household tasks and taking care of the children. They work in agriculture, tend livestock, and engage in income-generating activities. Despite their demanding work, many women live in poverty, with as many as 30.4% not having access to personal income, a number that has increased since the COVID 19 pandemic began. The few women who do have access to personal income make 30% less per month than their male counterparts. 

 CHOICE Humanitarian (Feed the World) focuses on projects that empower women to act as protagonists in their own communities to open doors to equal treatment and opportunities. As discussed in a previous article, in 2020, CHOICE became acquainted with a group of women from the community of Pampa de Los Silva who were determined to create a new precedent, these women formed a cooperative to raise ducklings despite a lack of initial support from their husbands.  

Rather than individually raising their own ducks, which would eventually be slaughtered and sold when money was tight, the women pooled the ducklings and took turns caring for them. They each made sacrifices—time was spent feeding and caring for the ducks—which took time away from caring for their own homes. These women knew that the time spent working on long term business goals would not only benefit their own families but their entire community as well. Upon learning about the undertakings of these ambitious women, CHOICE supported their endeavors by providing materials and training to increase the capacity of the project. This support included additional ducklings, feed, veterinary care, and vaccines. 

The effects of the women’s cooperative rippled throughout the region. The group’s success inspired their husbands to support their business endeavors. When the women needed to expand the duck pen, their husbands worked alongside them to construct a large new fence.As they grow, the group plans to continue reinvesting their profits back into the co-op. The project became essential to the community as the pandemic caused other forms of income to be lost. These women are now raising their fourth batch of ducks. Today, the group directly benefits 75 families in Pampa de Los Silvas alone. CHOICE has since replicated this project in several other communities in Peru. 

 CHOICE has since replicated the duck project in several other communities in Peru. For example, a group of women in Cerritos, Sechura, also benefited from a women’s cooperative focused on raising ducklings. This project became their lifeline as the pandemic quickly isolated their community from other forms of income and food. Since their community was put in quarantine, these mothers adapted the projects to operate in their homes. They’ve been able to subsist on the sale of meat and eggs from their home-raised ducklings. Upon reflecting on the project, America, a co-op participant, said, "We are going out and creating projects and learning about how to create something better for our families.” The ingenuity and hard work of these women are changing norms and fostering hope. 

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Peruvian children with garden produce
Peruvian children with garden produce

Imagine that you were Maria…Trying to raise a family in a country battling anemia. Difficulty concentrating, fatigue, and dizziness are only a few of the symptoms anemic children struggle with. It would be absolutely terrifying to be a mother in these circumstances where the threat is so high and resources for relief are so low.

In underdeveloped countries such as Peru, malnutrition and anemia are a constant threat to the quality of life and nutritional well being of children. Effects of anemia lead to poor educational performance and prevention of normal physical growth. 

Thousands of mothers just like Maria are in a continuous fight to help their children battle these effects and grow up to live healthy lives, but they need help and can’t do it on their own….

Luckily they don’t have to. 

 As of 2021 eight communities in the District of La Arena have partnered with CHOICE Humanitarian to find solutions to this devastating challenge. 

Leaders in this district have chosen to specifically focus on improving the quality of life for pregnant mothers and children under the age of 5. This process has involved the development and implementation of health, nutritional and agricultural practices.

CHOICE has made it a priority to mentor this district by holding nutrition classes to instruct the mothers on the importance of iron specific foods to combat anemia. In addition classes have included creative ideas on how mothers can incentivise their children to eat these prepared foods. 

In order for families to have better access to these foods, the CHOICE team has introduced family gardens and chicken raising. Families are mentored on how to prepare the land, raise the food, and prepare nutritious meals. They are able to grow their own food and not buy it with their meager financial resources. 

Considerable progress has been made in creating healthy consumption habits in the families and communities involved. Anemia and malnutrition rates have been significantly reduced. 

At the commencement of this initiative malnutrition rates were at 22.8% now they have been reduced to 12.1%. 1016 children under the age of 5 have been cared for.

Lives are being prolonged and enriched through these efforts and every available hand is needed to help lift this community out of the pit of poverty.

Please join our team and help make a difference! 

Peruvian child having a health check
Peruvian child having a health check
Peruvian Mothers preparing iron-rich meals
Peruvian Mothers preparing iron-rich meals
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Some of the women in the Santa Elana Women's Coop
Some of the women in the Santa Elana Women's Coop

 The Santa Elena Town Center consists of approximately 300 families that live in a state of extreme poverty. Women in this district are at an illiteracy rate of 10.28% and unemployment rates are high because they are not academically prepared with a higher profession or study. This has led to a wide spread of discouragement and feelings of inadequacy as women have felt they can’t contribute to society.

 In an effort to raise self esteem and provide means for self sufficiency, CHOICE Humanitarian has established a Women’s cooperative in Santa Elena and implemented a Swine Farm. The women of Santa Elena chose Carmen Temoche as the leader of the cooperative. Working together with Carmen and the other women, CHOICE has aided in the construction of swine facilities, provided sufficient training on swine production and connected locals with government extension agents.This has allowed women to learn the technical management in pig rearing and the marketing of meat for the economic and nutritional improvement of the area. 

Starting with 15 families participating in the project, development has evolved to now aid over 50 families.

Pigs are providing a source of food and income for this district and becoming a beacon of hope for hundreds of women wanting to create a better future for their economy. Tremendous success has been seen as malnutrition has decreased in the community and self confidence has risen.

Women in Santa Elena have been given the opportunity to choose economical independancy, a choice they didn't have before this project. Everyday that is exactly what CHOICE Humanitarian provides to those in need, a choice.

Now we are providing you with a choice, the choice to join our team and be a part of something bigger. You can make a difference! 

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Waiting for a health check up of their child
Waiting for a health check up of their child

Did you know that in Peru 67% of newborns would be diagnosed with anemia (an iron deficiency) before the age of 1?  Although this percentage decreases as the  children get older it is still a critical problem. Jose, like 1 in every 3 children in Peru, struggles with anemia and malnutrition. The lack of nutrients has stunted his growth and impairs his ability to stay awake, pay attention, and retain information. The anemia causes him to be light headed and weak, sometimes so extreme he can't go to school. The enveloping weakness that he feels is frustrating and endangers his future as he can't attend school regularly to gain his education and play with his friends.

In Peru, anemia is a major public health problem especially in the rural areas where approximately 50% of children are affected. Community leaders have identified this as a critical issue and partnered with CHOICE Humanitarian to solve this issue. Chickens provide meat and eggs which are a healthy source of iron that is easily digestible and solves the anemia problem. CHOICE technicians have trained the community members how to raise chickens and build coops. Using generous donations, CHOICE was able to provide over 400 chickens to the community to improve the overall level of nutrition and decrease anemia numbers. 

CHOICE Peru focused the training specifically on the women and mothers since their family’s health is their direct concern. Training and educating the mothers gives them the understanding of what is debilitating them and their children and enables them to raise a healthy family. This training and gift of chickens ensures sustainability as it is a practice and understanding that can be passed onto future generations. 

Here in the United States we have been able to effectively tackle anemia, we can easily solve this devastating problem in Peru as well. You can help us provide more chickens by donating to this cause. As global citizens we can overcome this and the many other effects of multidimensional poverty. Join us in making this world a better place!

Mothers happily receiving their chickens
Mothers happily receiving their chickens

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In Piura, Peru, villagers in remote communities often suffer from high rates of anemia and chronic malnutrition. These two issues are closely tied to diet and lack of proper nutrients, including iron, vitamin B12, and folate, and are prominent amongst young children and those living in extreme poverty. 

Responding to community needs to improve these dietary issues, CHOICE Humanitarian developed the Community Garden Program. Launched in 2018, this program aimed to benefit 1,500 individuals (400 families) by teaching them how to plant, grow, and nurture their own gardens and harvest nutritious produce for their own personal consumption. Each participant was provided a kit of starter seeds  and supplies, agronomy training, health and nutrition education, and support from an agronomist from the CHOICE Humanitarian Peru team. CHOICE Humanitarian began the program in the community of La Arena-Piura. 

Sara Hyde, a valued CHOICE Humanitarian donor, understood these issues that remote communities in Peru were facing. She had seen firsthand that these rural populations didn’t have a sufficient amount of food, and that the food they did have lacked proper nutrients. After seeing the impact that the community garden program has made since it began in 2018, Sara took action to solve the malnutrition problems she observed by supporting the Community Garden Program.

Prior to CHOICE Humanitarian's involvement, most of the community engaged in rice production; however, community leaders believed the villagers needed to cultivate a more nutritious and diverse crop. Villagers, assisted by CHOICE, planted vegetables for 400 families in gardens located behind their homes. These organic gardens provide food for 9 months and are re-planted at various times to make the harvest consistent. 

Here are the project results from 2020:

2,000 bio-gardens

17 communities intervened

2,000 children benefited

10,000 people benefited

8 schools with bio-gardens

We proudly reported back to Sara and other selfless donors like her about the impact the Community Garden program made in 2020. Sara’s support in this project made it possible to empower families to grow their own food and improve their economic and nutritional situation. With the changes and challenges that the Covid 19 pandemic brought in 2020, it was especially imperative that these rural families had a sustainable food source, and the gardens our donors funded helped these families sustain themselves. Sara’s investment in the gardens paid off in full because these people had enough food for their families, schools and communities.

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Feed the World

Location: West Jordan, UT - USA
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Lonny Ward
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West Jordan, Utah United States
$7,671 raised of $99,536 goal
 
110 donations
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$10
USD
Garden Seeds & Basic Start. Provides the cost of vegetable seeds plus introductory nutrition and gardening training for a family that will learn to consume a varied diet for increased nutrient value.
$30
USD
Kitchen Hygiene Kit. Covers cost of proper hygiene training for food preparation, consumption, and storage. Kit includes wash tub, bowls, plates, cups, utensils & other kitchen tools for safe cooking.
$50
USD
Sustainable Garden. Provides cost for a family health assessment and hands-on training as they learn to plant, grow and harvest vegetables designed to address their specific nutrition deficits.
$100
USD
Crop Module Training. Covers the cost of seeds, fertilizer, and tools to help families learn advanced growing and diversifying techniques to provide varied nutrition, animal feed, and surplus income.
$200
USD
Small Livestock Starter Package. Provides the value of initial investment to purchase small animals and proper housing. Includes lessons on animal care, breeding, raising, and product safety training.
$500
USD
Goat Starter Herd. Provides the cost of a starter herd of goats to be used for dairy and meat products. Includes training in proper animal care, housing, breeding, milking, and safe product handling.
$1,000
USD
Sponsor a Trainer. Covers the cost of training a villager in a valuable career as a program trainer. By educating a trainer, your donation has the potential to help hundreds more become self-reliant.
$5,000
USD
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