Besides money, growers also invested knowledge in the projects
To enhance the children's diet, growers Agrícola Cerro Prieto and Agrícola Don Ricardo have planted vegetable gardens at four public schools. Cerro Prieto has done this near Chiclayo, north of Lima; Don Ricardo in Ica, south of Lima. Don Ricardo carried out the project in collaboration with Horizonte Corporativo, an NGO who knows the people of the region well.
In addition to money, growers have also invested time and knowledge in the projects. Grower experts contributed ideas about suitable types of fruit and vegetables and the installation of drip irrigation. Together with the children, their parents and teachers, volunteers from the growers have transformed neglected plots of land from the schools into vegetable gardens. Spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, mangetout, herbs, mango, avocado, bananas and maracuja are now grown here
Just recently it was time for the first harvest. The children were very excited. Special student committees have been created for the maintenance. Everyone has their own task: irrigating, weeding, making compost and recycling plastic, for example. The enthusiasm is enormous.
"This project has brought about a true transformation at our school." "I learned a lot myself," says an emotional director. "We now even use the vegetable gardens for mathematics," says another. "Our students are now more aware of their impact on the environment and eat healthier."