The Green Thumb Project
Project Launch:The community of Huayre is located above the tree-line in the Andes Mountains of Peru at 4100 meters (14,000 feet) above sea-level, making it extremely challenging to grow plants and vegetables without a green-house. The nearly tree-less grassland leaves no escape from the strong solar rays in the high elevation site near the equator and this can cause problems with malnutrition in a community that solely grows and consumes a large amount of potatoes. The "Green-Thumb Project", supported in 2011 with a grant from World Connect, built a greenhouse in the high school to provide the students a fun, educational opportunity to work on forestation project and to promote health by growing a vegetable garden that can supply a more nutritious diet.
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