Cultivating Lives for better life

Cultivating Lives for better life

Caazapa, ParaguayAsuncion, Paraguay
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The main objective of this project Cultivating lives for a better life is to raise awareness among children about healthy eating and sustainable,increase fruit and vegetable consumption through building school gardens in schools,this will helpto raise awareness of healthy dietary,based on experience

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In Paraguay 25.5% of the population goes hungry each day.Chronic malnutrition affects 15% of children under 5 years,the effects of malnutrition are being devastating and irreversible.Children with severe deficiencies of nutrition from birth have a greater predisposition to disease and development capacity is diminished.It is undeniable that food insecurity is a serious social problem that leads to a heavy mortgage that conditions the future.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Better nutrition means eating more fruits,vegetables,greater variety,and enriched supplementary school feeding for children,where school gardens can play an important role.The combination of Horticulture and nutrition education is demonstrated that there is a strong synergy between both improving the nutritional status of schoolchildren. The importance of the school garden is aimed at ecological literacy, livelihood,improving nutrition,nutrition education and preparation for active life, giving priority to education practice,integrates several subjects and their influence extends to the entire school,family and community betting eradicate hunger and food insecurity.This is the place where they get experiences in education food sustainable.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The school garden coupled with nutrition education is one of the best pedagogical methods achieves students to learn about how to develop a sustainable food to achieve food security and also raise awareness about the importance of a varied and balanced diet.In the garden you can set a wide variety of crops such as: Vegetables:cucumber,tomato,lettuce,cabbage,carrots,radishes etc. Basic grains:corn,beans,peas. Fruit:Orange, passion fruit,lemon,melon,watermelon,bananas. Will be divided into working groups for better organization,students,teachers and parents receive prior preparation in order to motivate them to work in the garden,training for the cultivation and agricultural professionals accompaniment,gastronomic and nutritional.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

In Paraguay there is no initiative to use school gardens as a means of promoting health, preventing disease and as a means of achieving food security There are schools with gardens mainly in rural areas but not the objectives focused on this project, but simply with the intention to perform an activity outside the classroom, does not have as an accompaniment to food and nutrition education nor advice of one crop agro-ecological methods.
About You
About You
First Name

Nadia

Last Name

Mercado

About Your Project
Organization Name
Organization Country

, CE, Asuncion

Country where this project is creating social impact

, Caazapa

How long has your organization been operating?

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Your Solution
Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

This project came to mind when I saw that in a school ate dehydrated products for school lunch.

Select Sector(s): To which of Unilever's categories of sustainability does your solution apply?

Nutrition.

Measurable Impact
Audience: Who have you identified as your customers/recipients and why? How will you get your solution to them or engage them in your initiative?

The main beneficiaries of the project are the community, students and teachers that will improve the quality of life of those directly
Encouraging them to have food security, health and better academic performance.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Students have the opportunity to communicate with the community to which he belongs,which prepares communication for better development of adult life,creates awareness of their rights and duties and blows it early to join the social group which it belongs.All this has an impact in one way or another on the social and economic development of the family,society and country.The major impact of school gardens:Specific vegetable consumption has a significant impact on the health of children,achieving eradicate malnutrition,improving the nutritional status and achieving long-term food security.Cultivation and garden food preparation in schools which increases children's preferences for healthy fruits and vegetables.Horticultural food crops,along with nutrition education,results in changes in feeding volunteers.The most important impact:Eradicating child malnutrition.Better academic performance

Growth, Finance & Leadership
Scaling the Solution: How do you intend to scale your activities over the next two years (e.g., reach new markets, diversify solutions, etc.)? What will make this possible?

The project began in a school in the city of Caazapa, with the intention of replicating in 100 schools in the next two years.

Financial Sustainability: What is your business model to ensure financial sustainability?

For what a school garden to be sustainable, it should consider the following aspects: Create or maintain the school garden committee.Having training as methods of crop and agro-ecological care. Keep records. Plan to plant crops .Search input management strategies related organizations to food, education, and food security. Select a production of seeds for new plantings Storing seeds for next year Produce your own organic form inputs.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

I worked as a volunteer in an NGO related to improving the quality of education in public schools.