When children are involved in gardening, good things happen. They show more interest in eating fruits and vegetables, do better academically, and demonstrate overall improved attitudes.
Healthy food makes for smarter, healthier kids — studies show that good nutrition and regular physical activity is important for children’s brain development and long-term health.
Poverty means parents can’t feed their families enough nutritious food, leaving children malnourished. Malnutrition leads to irreversibly stunted development and shorter, less productive lives. Less productive lives mean no escape from poverty. We have to break this cycle.
The good news is that there is a way to break out of this cycle of poverty and hunger. We know what needs to be done to increase the amount of food that is produced, to increase people’s incomes so they can access this food, and to ensure that children are well fed so they can grow and prosper. Investing in permaculture – and the financial and infrastructure systems that support it – is one of the best ways to reduce poverty across the developing world.
The Comedor Infantil is a lunch time meal program in Juarez, Mexico that feeds over 300 impoverished children a nutritious lunch Monday-Friday. The Comedor was born out of the community of Villas de Alcala’s vision to feed the most at risk children in their community and ensure that these children have the opportunity for a bright, hunger-free future.
What makes the Comedor unique, is that it is a community envisioned, community built, and community run program. With the help of the Volunteers, local members of the community were empowered to begin this lunch time meal program.
The Soy Love Project believes that, if children are to be our leaders of tomorrow, we need to set them up to achieve great success. We strive to do so by helping push projects that help communities. In doing so, children are given access to fresh produce and the opportunity to learn about local food production in a safe and fun environment.
By sharing our expertise on growing food in the desert, we are inspiring future generations of healthy eaters and food justice advocates who will lead the way in making our community one that is hunger-free.
Our aim is to assist these people to grow food sustainably, using organic methods, at home and in community gardens and, secondly, to plant water wise indigenous trees and flora in schools and streets, in order to transform the community of Villas Alcala into a sustainable water-wise urban environment. We will provide support services like low-cost bulk compost, seed, seedlings, information, training and on-site project extension. The economic potential is big, as there is a high and ever growing demand for organic vegetables. Organic markets and retailers large and small are always undersupplied.
10 yards of Compost
100 packets of seeds
Rain water harvesting system
Chicken Coop with 7 chickens
Material for Chicken Coop
1 circular saw
1 table saw