Project #2467

School Meals for Indigenous Children in Guatemala

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Over the years on our projects around the world nutrition remains one of the most important aspects of our projects. We have seen children and their grades develop in direct relation to increased nutrition at school.

In Guatemala many children in Indigenous communities face serious difficulties on a daily basis. Adopting very adult roles at a young age many children will not attend school regularly due to their commitments in the home which may include collecting firewood and working in the fields to help out food on the table.

Food programs in schools increase the chance that children will attend school regularly and with increased nutrition, concentration and attendance levels they will earn better grades resulting in increased future opportunities.

Support for this project has helped us to keep the school meal program running in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala giving these amazing children more opportunities.

Enjoying their school meals
Enjoying their school meals

14 Whole Foods Market Team members have been working in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala to contribute towards our educational program and learn about the importance of our work. In addition to providing instructional support in the classroom, the TM’s have been helping with the food program.

We have continued to supply the students with their corn-meal based atol drink. 1000 pounds of vitamin-fortified corn meal, sugar, spices and rice are being supplied after the government subsidy was discontinued due to budget cuts.

As proven over the years, school meals are so important in both maintaining a consistent attendance levels and helping these children to concentrate when at school.

With 28 additional students now at the school we are committed to providing school meals for all. With fixed daily costs for this program donations through Global Giving are hugely beneficial to keeping this going.

The children at the school come from the poor and often neglected Indigenous communities and the meal at school will often be their only substantial meal of the day. This means the school meals are responsible for providing crucial nutrition to these growing children but they can also act as an incentive to attend school regularly bringing numerous benefits for the future. In addition, with a good meal at school the children are able to concentrate more fully and benefit from the lessons.

As we have seen over the years if a child is hungry they cannot learn so an investment in nutrition cannot be overstated.

Support through 2010 for this project has been amazing, research and our experience has shown that by providing school meals for children in poor communities they are much more likely to attend school regularly. Also at school these children will be more likely to succeed as a balanced and nutritious diet aids healthy growth, development and concentration in school.

Over the years we have seen shy and timid children progress into confident and intelligent young adults, the benefit of school meals in this process cannot be overstated.

As we make our way into a new year there are many children in Lake Atitlan who can benefit from this project and with your support we will give more children the opportunity to learn.  

Indigenous children with their school meals
Indigenous children with their school meals

Our school meals program in Lake Atitlan Guatemala is continuing as ever. The children receive bread, tamales and atol (a fortified corn based drink) fruit and tamales. The students are also receiving chuchitos which is made from corn meal and filled with chicken. Along with the tamles and chucitos the children receive montucas which contains a very nutritious vegetable here called chipilin. At the moment there are pineapples and melons in the market so we are able to offer these as well.

The children love all the great food we are able to provide them. Many children come to school on an empty stomach and we would like to expand this program to include more fruits and vegetables. We also have more students than ever and we believe the food program is drawing the children to our school and giving them an opportunity to receive an education and a well- balanced diet.

Thank you so much for the support, it's great to see how effective something as simple as this can be.

School meals encourage regular attendance
School meals encourage regular attendance

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Organization Information

Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Ross Deans
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom

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Thanks to 125 donors like you, a total of $11,333 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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