Many children in these communities do not have a balanced diet and recent studies show that Guatemala is on a par with Haiti as the the country with the worst child malnutrition in Latin America.
This program aids the development of the children:
improves child health
improves concentration level
improves school attendance
improves the potential for the child
Fruit is provided in the morning, which includes pineapples, bananas, watermelons, cantaloupe, mangoes and oranges; lunch is then provided, including fresh produce, noodles, rice, beans and lentils. To benefit, the children must attend school.
An educated child can potentially increase the family income in the community. To become educated, the child must be reasonably healthy and attend school, the food program has increased attendance and subsequently grades have risen dramatically. Previously many of these children would have missed out on education, now some earn grades which are in the top 10% for the country.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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