Why It Matters
Nearly 870 million people in the world are suffering from extreme hunger. And of those people, 98 percent are living in developing countries. Lacking the proper resources or climate for crop growth, the impoverished men, women and children enduring these conditions are caught in a cyclical state of malnourishment.
One out of six children in developing countries is underweight; and one out of four children will experience stunted growth due to malnutrition.
Who It Affects
Nearly half of our communities have now built vegetable gardens and greenhouses to sustain crop growth during the winter months.
In our communities, four out of every five families now have access to food during this critical time.
We have used this program in 14 schools and will be adding another school in the coming year.
Today, nine in 10 children participating in the program have experienced a significant weight gain.
So far, the program has been 84 percent effective, and we are continuing to expand the program.
Go into many kitchens throughout rural Nicaragua, and you’ll find a “three stones” traditional stove as the centerpiece. The three-stone fire is the cheapest means of assembling a usable stove, requiring only three large stones of the same...