Sowing Seeds to Grow Healthy Strong Kids
Project Launch:The government of El Salvador provides its elementary schools with the basic ingredients (rice, beans, corn, sugar, powdered milk) necessary for a small meal for every student each school day to help impoverished families meet the minimum nutritional requirements of their children. Parents in Upire however, a small community nestled in the northwestern mountains of El Salvador not far from the Honduran border, still have difficulty meeting the essential vitamin and mineral requirements for their growing children. Over time this leads to tired children lacking the energy to play with their friends and stay focused in class. To address this issue a group of parents, teachers, students, and community leaders came together and determined that the best possible way to combat malnutrition was to grow the produce needed to improve and maintain the health of children in the community. A $490 grant from World Connect’s Kids to Kids Program in 2010 supported the Sowing the Seeds to Grow Healthy Strong Kids program that developed a biology lab to help 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students learn the benefits and methods required to raise organic produce to sustainably meet the nutritional needs of children while developing agricultural skills.
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