Build School Gardens
BUILD SCHOOL GARDENS: WHY IT’S IMPORTANT
According to UNICEF data from 2007, Guatemala has the highest percentage of chronically malnourished girls and boys in Latin America, and the fourth highest in the world. Through this trip, you will create a beautiful space in a school which will contribute to feeding school children while imparting important techniques that they can bring back to their families and communities to improve food sovereignty and combat malnutrition.
The goal of this trip is to build a garden in a local school, alongside school children, in order to improve food sovereignty and combat malnutrition. It’s also a fabulous opportunity for cross-cultural interaction among students if you’re coming with a school group.
- What the Guatemalan civil war was like, as told by a woman who lived through it.
- What Mayan cosmology is all about.
- What your personal nawal is, and what it means.
- How permaculture is practiced, and how it can be relevant to your own life.
- What traditional Guatemalan food tastes like.
- How a school can grow healthy, nutritious food at very little cost.
- What a small local school looks like, and how it can function with few resources.
- How permaculture principles can help with soil conservation, land and water management.
- The invariable engagement of Guatemalan schoolchildren when it comes to planting a garden.
- The dazzling colours and textures of a Guatmalan village on Lake Atitlan.
To get an idea of what this trip looks like day to day, check out our School Gardens Group Trip PDF document.