Care for Kids La Paz will soon be participating in a food security program to distribute imperfect, mostly organic, produce to the most vulnerable families in the community where we’ve been serving for the past 13 years.
At least 10% of people in Mexico experience food insecurity, and in nine Mexican states that figure increases to 25-35%. In Baja California, as many as 7 out of 10 households report they don’t always have weekly access to affordable, nutritious food they need due to high prices. (International Community Foundation)
The number of people who suffer from food insecurity in Baja is high. However, the SBFSA is working with local communities to provide access to affordable, nutritious food. With the help of International Community Foundation and generous donors who support their efforts, this is a problem that SBSFA hopes to solve.
One of the ways to accomplish this is by allying with a non-profit in La Paz called Raiz de Fondo, that has established a program to collect and distribute fresh produce to the food insecure population in the region. The food comes from producers, who, due to strict export standards, would otherwise throw out perfectly good crops.
The projected start date is end of November, beginning of December. Raiz de Fondo and other volunteers will drive out to the participating farms – about 1 ½ hour drive south of La Paz – to pick up the produce and deliver it to Vista Hermosa. A win-win situation for both producers and families with few resources.Stay tuned for further developments! More photos here.
Dean was born eight months ago, a perfectly healthy baby, who wasn’t thriving. He was on a formula notorious for not having the proper nutrients. Mom was unable to breastfeed because she had to work. Our charity offered to help her with material goods if she would consider remaining at home to breastfeed Dean. She jumped at the idea. Within a short period of time, Dean gained weight and strength. Look at him now! L-R: father, mother, Dean, aunt, and grandmother.
Our After School Initiative is a free drop-in program for children in kindergarten through elementary school. It’s a place for kids to do their homework, read, colour, listen to stories, and create things. It runs from Monday to Friday for an hour throughout the school year and is hosted by some of our scholarship students fulfilling their requirement of having to do four hours of community service a month. Creative kids! Creative imaginations! More photos.