Today, 26% of Ecuador's children under five suffer from malnourishment. Since 2000, the cost of food in Ecuador increased dramatically and created a dependency on foreign food sources-- for instance, it’s cheaper to buy a Peruvian potato than to produce one locally. As a result, the urban poor have limited access to one of the most basic human needs: food.
By planting orchards, building greenhouses and wormeries, buying seedlings, and training local people in workshops, we can enable people in marginalized communities to provide for themselves--without creating a debilitating cycle of aid dependency.
Levels of malnourishment will diminish in the long run. The school will also be able to sell any surplus they produce to generate additional income. An additional source of income for the school means improved nutrition and education for the students