This year´s harvests have once again been very poor unfortunately and much is being relied upon a good coffee harvest later in the year to help this issue. Inclement weather has also played its part and food is very scarce. It is hoped we can prepare for 2013 with some more donations in the bank to head of potential hunger and food shortages so that we can at least feed the children daily with rice and beans and fruit which is so important. For only $1000 a month, this is possible and heads off a potential food crisis in the region would be awful.
The more donations we can get, the more we can a) implement a regular food program and b) introduce alternative farming techniques which aren't so susceptible to changes in climate, as we have seen recently. Discussions will be held with the communtiy before the next year's crop cycle and we will go from there, depending on the available funds we have.
As you know, by providing the farmers with seeds will help them feed their families and communities, with wide ranging benefits affected over 1000 people. Thank you once again for all of your kind donations which are helping this cause.
Recently here in Honduras, we have unfortunately had to scale down our food program, cutting down the quantities to just daily fruit so that we can make sure that we can use all of our resources evenly and most importantly, make them last so that the project is sustainable, especially as malnutrition of our children has recently reached critical levels as we reported in May. Fortunately we are hoping to resume our daily meals program, which will include rice, beans and vegetables in the near future. We are all hoping that once more regular funds come through this will resume and will not be a worry anymore.
We are also hoping to invest in our sustainable programs, such as the vegetable gardens and the Plan Café, whereby the proceeds from the sales of the coffee beans will go towards providing regular daily food for the children. Unfortunately the children are 3-4 years behind in growth due to malnutrition, this being the problem that we are aiming to fix through regular quantities of food. Fortunately this imbalance is something that we are working hard to counteract, paying close attention to it and hoping that it is resolved very soon, especially with the help of the sustainable programs investments.
At the end of April, in Honduras, we weighed the children in our primary school in the community of San Rafael. After weighing a few children the teachers had to stop and check if the scale was faulty as the actual weights seemed very low. The scales were found to be correct.
On average the first grade children (6-7 years old) weighed 38lbs. The normal weight of a similar aged child in Honduras is 45-50lbs. The average weight of the 3rd and 4th grade children in San Rafael is roughly the same as the average weight of 1st graders in Copan Ruinas, a small town some 20 minutes away by road - in short, the children are 3-4 years behind in growth due to malnutrition. We are trying to continue the food and fruit program to counter this imbalance.
This scheme is working beautifully in Guatemala with donations from ex-volunteers providing seed for the villagers to replace that which was lost in a terrible harvest last year. With your help we can roll this program out to Honduras and help the farmers there.
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