enjoying a freshly made salad!
With COVID-19 rates continuing to fluctuate into the “red” zone here in Santiago Atitlán, school based programs like nutrition workshops are still unable to take place. However, Pueblo a Pueblo remains committed to fighting child malnutrition in a variety of other COVID-19 safe ways!
Our Maternal-Child Health project participants have been diving into nutrition and healthy cooking classes over the last couple of months, and learning about the vitality of proper nutrition during a child’s first two years. Pueblo a Pueblo has partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food to hold monthly nutrition workshops for new mothers. Last month, mothers made delicious spinach salads full of toppings like peppers, onions, and boiled eggs!
These nutrition workshops are an important part of making sure that the Maternal-Child Health project provides wraparound support to new mothers! We recognize that health is much more than just access to medical services, and are thrilled to be supporting participants as they learn more about the importance of good nutrition!
In addition to the nutrition workshops taking place within our Maternal-Child Health project, Pueblo a Pueblo’s commitment to alleviating child nutrition is upheld in our primary education scholarship project as well. More than half of sponsored primary students also receive monthly nutritional baskets filled with pantry staples like corn, eggs, and pasta. These baskets are made possible by the generous donations of monthly primary education sponsors who wish to support their students in additional capacities. Having these supplementary nutrition baskets has been a huge help to local families, especially throughout the challenging times brought forth by the pandemic.
Finally, another way that Pueblo a Pueblo has contributed to the fight against child malnutrition has been through the organic school garden in San Martín. This garden was started by Pueblo a Pueblo youth leaders a couple of years ago, and although it is no longer being run by Pueblo a Pueblo, the students in San Martín continue to reap its benefits. Teachers at the school have taken over the garden, planting seeds donated by Pueblo a Pueblo, and most importantly, donating all harvested produce to local families. This is such an amazing representation of the longevity and sustainability of Pueblo a Pueblo projects –they continue to support communities even after Pueblo a Pueblo is no longer in charge.
So, although fighting childhood malnutrition looks different now than it has in past years, it remains just as important to Pueblo a Pueblo. We thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to support the nutritional needs of local children and their families! Without your support, these projects would not be possible.
mother picking up monthly food basket!