GlobeMed at St. Edward’s University partners with Asociación Tierra Sin Fines de Lucro in La Concepción, Nicaragua to promote environmental health.
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GlobeMed at St. Edward’s University | Austin, Texas
Asociación Tierra Sin Fines de Lucro | La Concepción, Nicaragua
~17 percent of children aged under five in Nicaragua suffer from chronic malnutrition. Almost 30 percent of Nicaragua’s households live in poverty and over 8 percent struggle in extreme poverty, surviving on less than US$1.25 daily (INIDE 2015).
About the Partnership
St. Edward’s University recently partnered with Asociación Tierra to support environmental and community development projects.
Founded in 2006, Asociación Tierra’s motivating philosophy has always been to respond to the needs of the community, rather than develop their own “blueprint”. Through experience, Asociación Tierra has learned how poverty and environmental degradation are inextricably linked. For this reason, the organization attempts to work in a holistic way, not focusing on a single issue. Their projects range across a variety of topics from buying land in order to conserve it, supporting a center for disabled children and their families, building a bakery for a women’s cooperative or offering a home to an abandoned cat and her kittens. They reforest with native trees, have an organic vegetable patch, offer a neutering service for dogs and cats, support local cultural and sporting events, assist individuals and families in particular need, hang bunches of bananas to feed wild birds and squirrels, and paint murals in local schools.
GlobeMed at St. Edward’s University is partnered with Asociación Tierra to provide a sustainable nutrition program for malnourished children. Through this partnership, children attending literacy programs will be given nutritious snacks and access to clean drinking water. These resources come from a sustainable ecological reserve that provides jobs to disabled members of the community.
GlobeMed at St. Edward’s University hopes to raise $4,000 this year for El Rincon de Cuentos and the Nutritional and Water Implementation Project in Barrio Los Martinez. This project will provide healthy snacks to children that attend the literacy project implemented by Asociación Tierra. This will also serve as an agricultural teaching method for the children that attend El Rincon De Cuentos, which is something Nicaraguan parents specifically wanted.
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