Good nutrition helps children to have the energy to enjoy, laughing, playing and learning in the programs of FE. All children should have the opportunity to have better nutrition. Yogurt with Amor tries to make sure children with a disAbility have this opportunity for better nutrition. YCA continues to focus on providing yogurt to those who need it most.
YCA received some rather large requests for their granola. One customer asked for 800 pounds of granola in one week. Imagine the surprise of the women who produce the granola. One woman said “wow I had to really poured a lot of love into that batch.” The gluten free granola has really taken Matagalpa by storm, that’s right 800 pounds. The granola request was exported to Costa Rica, YCA has all the government permissions and sanitary conditions to be able to meet this kind of request. The Yogurt Production area rose to the occasion, borrowing a few ovens in the process. Then they quickly transitioned from granola to concentrating on the seasonal fruit based Yogurts, such as nancite & jocotes. The children who attend classes and receive therapy benefit from a more balanced diet because the fruit is added to the yogurt and gives them more energy. FE sees this as part of an integral health program of nutrition and exercise needed by a child with disAbility.
Bringing nutrition to those who need it most is the main objective. The team of social promoters work hand in hand with the mothers of children with disAbilities to promote nutrition in the poorest neighborhoods in Matagalpa. The products are also available in all of FE’s centers and in the park. Recently the largest supermarket chain in Matagalpa has requested YCA in their stores as well as the largest bakery has weekly taste testing of the products. So YCA is being able to continue to support the children’s lunch program, with their funds and with their products. In the meantime they are looking to hire a staff person in charge of promotion and sales.
Many students coming from the different universities are asking to do their work study practice in the Yogurt factory. This adds to new ideas and growth for the program even though Nicaragua continues in a socio-political situation. YCA is determined to keep producing and creating in order to help the person with disAbilities by using new strategies to innovate products and reach more places for those who need to improve their nutrition with love.
Yogurt Con Amor continues to work hard on quality and excellence to produce 100% natural products for better nutrition for all consumers in Matagalpa Nicaragua . It is the end of summer time and the heat is tremendous, ideal to savor the rich and fresh flavors of yogurt, granola and its delicious desserts of the season. The Yogurt staff is made up of 7 empowered women and one empowered man who take the project forward and bring nutrition to those who need it most. They enjoy the adventure by going through the streets of the city on the motorcycle taxi helping to bring rich yogurts for people to enjoy a breakfast of champions made by special hands.
Onnedia coordinator of the Yogurt program is a woman full of energy and positivism that empowers her team to give the best each day to fulfill the mission of bringing nutrition to the table of families with children with disABILITY. FE received an invitation from the Embassy of the United States in Nicaragua to have a power breakfast with 14 other women leaders from different areas of the country. They shared their experiences, and established support among the different organizations that were invited to the activity. Onnedia shared that the experience was incredible, especially because it allowed her to introduce the work of yogurt made with love to new people with varied approaches in a different environment. This will help strengthen their teamwork to grow and reach new places to benefit those who need better nutrition with natural and delicious products, "It was an experience that I enjoyed to the fullest and learned that the sky is the limit." She encourages her team to keep visiting new places in the sale of the product because the money goes to support the daily lunch program for people with a disAbility.
This effort has already been fruitful, as they now received a large order of 125 pounds of granola The customer who liked the product a lot and is selling it in other countries. This will allow them to reach more places and raise awareness and continue to give the opportunity to children with disABILITIES and their families to have better nutrition, contributing to their growth.
Currently the situation in the country is not easy, the crisis continues to affect the different companies with high production costs and reduction of personnel, but the Yogurt with Love team is unstoppable to take the program forward, they are innovating in new presentations that call more consumer attention, covering new markets, new promotions that will entertain children of all ages in schools. The difference in the yogurt is that it is all natural without any chemical additives, so that it can help people obtain health benefits while enjoying the taste.
The Team of Yogurt Con Amor started 2019 with energy ready to do everything possible to have this nutritious product available to all Matagalpinos. Early in the cool mornings they receive milk directly from the farm and begin the process to pasteurize and allow nature to change the Milk to Yogurt. Meantime the mothers get ready to go on a new adventure each day in the yogurt motor taxi to sell the 100% natural Yogurt Con Amor in its varied flavors, along with the healthy granola so people across the city can have a breakfast of champions.
Francis one of the sellers has been working for 6 years to make sure that this product gets onto the tables of families with children with special needs. She has rarely missed a day of work, her energy is incredible and so positive that it is contagious. She is a special mom with a special daughter. Francis is quick to say that it is her daughter who motivates her in her work and in her family. Her enthusiasm is unique because she loves her work and wants every person to receive the health benefits of Yogurt Con Amor.” I want more and more children young people and adults to grow strong by eating yogurt. It is such a healthy product that I just can’t contain myself until we reach every corner of our city with this product. This is where my heart is in making sure people know that our product is made first with love then with all the fresh ingredients to help their hearts.”
The team has a new Coordinator, she is Massiel, a cheerful woman, with many ideas and great leadership to guide the team to move forward even in the midst of the sociopolitical situation of Nicaragua. Nothing can stop them now. They continue looking for new places to take the product, improving the quality, variety, innovating its flavors. They passed with flying colors the health inspectors visit for 2019 so people have security of the product’s quality.
Improving people’s health is their priority. Recently the Park of Stars hosted the annual assembly where more than 200 families came to hear reports on activities in 2018 and plans for 2019. This event would not have been complete without each mother receiving her frozen Yogurt at the entrance and ending the day with their delicious dessert typical of the region. The report by Yogurt con Amor was approved by the mother delegates with a nice round of applause in support of the work of these mothers in Yogurt con Amor.
For all our friends who support the Yogurt with Love project, we share that the crisis continues to affect the country and affects trade but Yogurt with Love continues to fill color and flavor to all children with disabilities and all people of Matagalpa who They consume our natural and nutritious product.
There have been many changes in Yougrt with love in recent months. Our team was not complete for a long time, but now we have all the staff full of energy and working with love to bring flavor and color to all our consumers and why we highlight the color and taste? because we have new product labels, with more color, new flavors and new granola recipe that are delicious and love children and of course help improve their nutrition. We have a new sanitary registry that proves the quality of our 100% natural product.
The effort of the personnel taking the product with new presentation throughout the city of Matagalpa, even to places where before they could not enter now if we can and allows us to make ourselves known more and more. Also two young people with disabilities are like scholarships in the yogurt program with love learning from the work environment and developing more and more their skills being the psychology of the sociolaboral area of FE, which gives them follow-up so that teamwork is strengthened every more and more time.
The children of FE are our priority and help them strengthen their nutrition; children of integral therapy, special education and mothers with cancer treatment enjoy the new flavors of yogurt to the maximum and for every sale we promote our desire to protect our animals in an extinction way because in the covers of the yogurt it takes an image of each animal in danger.
For all our friends we want to thank you for your support that has been paramount in these difficult times but despite everything, we have learned to be more united and strengthen our teamwork and that our work is developed with love, quality, joy and compassion for those who need it most, because all together and with your support if we can make a difference.
Yogurt con Amor full of flavor and nutrition for children and special mothers continued full time even through the social/political crisis in Nicaragua, becasue of its spirit of overcoming obstacles in order to prevent malnourishment.
For our donor friends who have given their time and collaboration to the project, we tell them that Yogurt con Amor arrived in the jungle with the Animals in Danger of Extinction. What do Yogurt and the Endangered Animals have in common? Familias Especiales (FE) celebrated with joy and love their annual Fair in their park to raise awareness of Animals in Danger of Extinction especially in Nicaragua. Many special mothers with their children with disABILITIES and young people from different schools in Matagalpa were immersed in the jungle which was artistically created by young people with disABILITIES in the salon of the park. Using recycled materials, they depicted the different animals to show the reality that these animals are in danger of extinction and everyone needs to do something to try to change the situation. So Yogurt con Amor joined the celebration by designing the tops of their yogurt containers with a picture of each animal and created a promotion whereby any one can make a collection of the yogurt tops and share with their friends the story of these animals. This calls more attention to the needs of these animals and contributes to the nutrition of children as they enjoy the different fruit flavors.
While in the jungle at the fair, Yogurt Con Amor presented its new labels which are more colorful and distinctive. They also presented a new recipe for their granola. This gave everyone the opportunity to enjoy the delicious taste of fresh grains and nuts while learning more about the habitats of the animals in danger in their country because of lack of protection. Hopefully creating in the students the desire to take care of the natural environment and their health at the same time.
Yogurt Con Amor wanted to share this activity because it exemplifies their spirit, by not only working for better nutrition but by offering employment to people with disABILITIES. Several new staff members were hired during this period even though many other work places are laying off staff, because of the national crisis. This is a way of stating clearly that the only true disABILITY is attitude. By caring for their health, and always striving to give their best, the staff is strengthened and aware that their goal is to help other people with disABILITY so that they can achieve a dignified life in a pleasant work environment where every day one learns from each other.
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