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Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide

by Seed Programs International
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide

Project Report | Jul 21, 2023
Vegetable Gardens for Mayan Children in Guatemala

By Robyn Love | Project Leader

Guatemala Greenhouse 2023
Guatemala Greenhouse 2023

Hello Gardeners!

Gardens are planted and vegetables are growing! It is an exciting time of year as vegetables are being harvested to supplement meals and provide vital nutrients that support healthy development in children around the world.

SPI has been partnering with Amachajul, a grassroots, community organization run by local Guatemalans to support holistic development for rural, indigenous communities. This program supported an Ixil Mayan indigenous community in Chajul, Guatemala. Chajul is located in the Ixil region and is an isolated city surrounded by mountains.

The Ixil region has maintained its rich Maya traditions and heritage, despite being at the heart of a 36-year civil war that involved ethnic cleansing of the Ixil people. Post-war challenges are still felt today, with land displacement, fragmented families, and emotional trauma. 80% of the Chajul population lives in poverty, with high unemployment rates, few opportunities for women, and a 75% adult illiteracy rate. The community has a corn- and coffee-based agricultural economy. Adults often struggle to feed their families with adequate nutrition, thus complicating healthy development, school attendance, and work productivity. Hurricanes in 2019 brought flash flooding that destroyed most crops. These flash floods, and other factors, have washed away much of the top soil rich in nutrients essential to healthy agricultural production.

SPI partnered with Amachajul in the past to create household gardens, however these gardens were no longer sustainable due to the flash flooding. Instead, a greenhouse was constructed at the school in Buena Vista to support year-round vegetable production. 

Buena Vista is a community that is a full day walk from the closest town center, making it extremely remote and rural. Through this project, Buena Vista school became a community center for nutrient-rich vegetables for school lunches and for community members to take home. The greenhouse is also being used for vegetable growing workshops to teach school children and community members about vegetables. Students helped prepare the soil, transplant the vegetable plants, and care for the plants as they grew. This program supplemented their school curriculum and provided a hands-on learning opportunity for the students.

We look forward to expanding these greenhouses in rural, food-insecure indigenous communities throughout the region with Amachajul.

Happy Gardening,

Robyn & the SPI Team

Buena Vista Greenhouse 2023
Buena Vista Greenhouse 2023
Greenhouse 2023
Greenhouse 2023
Buena Vista Greenhouse 2023
Buena Vista Greenhouse 2023
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Seed Programs International

Location: Asheville, NC - USA
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Twitter: @seedprograms
Project Leader:
Greg Bonin
Asheville , NC United States
$9,556 raised of $30,000 goal
 
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