Archive for February, 2013

Food Project Benefits Local Schools

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

In January, CARE received a shipping container of vitamin-fortified rice-soy casserole from Kids Against Hunger, a US-based humanitarian food aid organization that aims to eradicate world hunger. Our team members in Honduras have been busy distributing the food packages to nearly 30 schools in Southern Honduras that face particularly high rates of malnutrition. With this container, we will be delivering shipments of food to these schools every few months to make sure every student has a balanced meal daily.

Typically, parents will either send a snack to school with students or the parents will take turns preparing a meal for the students at the school. This becomes especially difficult in areas where poverty is high and where families are dependent on agricultural-based work.

As the mayor of one collaborating town explained,

This time of year, we see a lot of kids struggling in school. The families in this community are very poor to start out with, but because we are in the dry season, many parents are out of work entirely. If the kids are lucky, they may have a tortilla to eat during the day, but that’s it. The rates of malnutrition are high, and many kids are anemic.

The dry food comes packaged with rice, soy, chicken flavoring, and vegetables and requires nothing more than a pot of boiling water to prepare. 15-20 minutes later, lunch is served! In all of our taste tests, the kids have loved the food, and the teachers and leaders of parent associations are getting creative with how they use the pre-made packages. Beneficiaries have been making soup, tamales, tacos, and much more!

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Five-Day Dental Clinic Serves 1400 Children

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

A group of volunteers led by Carol Martin held five days of dental clinics in February. The volunteers provided cleaning and fluoride treatment to over 1400 students, taught kids how to properly brush their teeth, and worked with a local dentist to provide extractions as necessary. The group also donated medical supplies to the Choluteca Hospital; a variety of school supplies and classroom materials to 19 under-funded area schools; and toys, toothpaste, and pencils to each of the children who participated in the clinic. The group visited schools in the communities of Las Marias, El Chapparal, San Antonio de Padua, San Isidro, and El Jicaro.

La Laguna School Project

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

The 40-some kids who live in La Laguna, a poor community outside of San Antonio de Padua, faced an hour-long trek up a hilly, rocky, nearly impassable road to get to the nearest school. Check out the progress on CARE’s school project in La Laguna!

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Grove City College Visits Honduras in January

Friday, February 1st, 2013
In January, a group of volunteers from Grove City College held three days of clinics in El Tamarindo, Cortido del Viento Linaca, and Concepcion. The group also visited the Choluteca Hospital. Thanks Grove City College!

Purdue University Group Holds Medical Clinics, Tours Hospital, Visits Orphanage

Friday, February 1st, 2013

A group from Purdue University visited Honduras in December, holding three days of medical clinics in the communities of Chapparal, San Antonio Flores, El Espinal, San Isidro, and San Lorenzo. The group also spent a day getting to know their way around the Choluteca Hospital and spent an afternoon visiting children at an orphanage.