GlobeMed at Pennsylvania State University partners with ACUDESBAL in Bajo Lempa, El Salvador to increase self-sustaining agriculture and child development.
GlobeMed at Penn State University + ACUDESBAL
GlobeMed at Pennsylvania State University | University Park, Pennsylvania
ACUDESBAL | Bajo Lempa, El Salvador
Agricultural practices in Bajo Lempa are currently focused on exports like sugar cane, so nutritious and locally grown food for the community is a significant problem.
About the Partnership
ACUDESBAL is a grassroots non-profit organization working with 29 communities in Bajo Lempa, El Salvador. ACUDESBAL was formed in 1998 on the idea that the strength of a community working together is the way to achieve social, economic, political, and environmental justice; all of which are an important part of Bajo Lempa’s history of civil war and devastating natural disasters.
ACUDESBAL focuses on five strategic areas: institutional strengthening, food sovereignty, infrastructure and legalization of land, health and environment, recreation and sports culture. They work with communities to help plan and implement realistic and sustainable solutions. With the majority of the nearly 9,000 people in Bajo Lempa living in poverty, ACUDESBAL plays a vital role in the health and wellbeing of the Bajo Lempa population. Since their partnership with GlobeMed at Penn State started in Fall 2011, the partnership has initiated a number of community gardens at daycares in the Bajo Lempa region.
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– Matt O’Donnell, Pennsylvania State University ’12
This year, GlobeMed at Penn State has raised over $10,000 to fund a Daycare Centers Garden Project at three daycares in Bajo Lempa that seeks to promote and ensure food production in harmony with nature, aimed at creating a culture of consumer-friendly products.
The Daycare Centers Garden Project will provide work for local farmers and nutritious meals for the local children, as well as an education component on nutrition. Together, GlobeMed at Penn State and ACUDESBAL are working to create a healthy and sustainable community.