Schools in Guatemala use greenhouses to grow tomatoes and chili peppers for school breakfasts, while cauliflower, lettuce, cabbage, and onion seedlings were sold to other local schools and farmers.
The greenhouses foster the organic management of crops and provide schools with an additional source of income as surplus is sold to other schools, parents or in the local market.
In Nicaragua, the FFE program distributed small fruit dehydrators to 13 schools, and trained parents, students and teachers on how to use these handmade processors which use sunlight to extract all the humidity of fruit like bananas, tangerines, oranges, etc., while keeping all the rich nutritional and calorie content of the fruit.
This method allows schools and local families to store fruit for a significantly longer period of time without spoiling and thus improve their nutrition. Students enjoy the dry fruit and eat it like dessert after their school meals.
The FFE program helps alleviate hunger in a sustainable way while supporting education, health and community development, ensuring children have the tools to thrive.
Bal Maria Gutierrez, PCI Regional Director, Guatemala, said, “The better the education and nutrition we can provide today, will help our schoolchildren build a stronger foundation for a healthy and productive future.”