Location: San Vicente de Cañete
Project Code: HDP PCS0622

Since 2012, Chalice has been partnering with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, a Salesian congregation in the peripheral areas of Villeta city and in rural areas of the Paraguayan district. 

Chalice Human Development Projects - Chalice Children Nutrition, Cañete, Peru

Responding to the needs of the community, the site runs the Niño Salvador del Mundo centre, or the ‘Open Centre’ for short. The children come to the Open Centre before or after school for homework help, a nutritious daily meal and snacks, recreation, and a supportive environment. 

Children come to the Open Centre for a variety of reasons, but it is often because they are from a single-parent household and their parent, typically their mother or grandmother, is out trying to earn an income. Employment opportunities are limited, especially for parents who could not finish their own educations. Many families in the community struggle with food insecurity.

The Open Centre staff’s goal is to give the children and teens the material and social supports they need to thrive in the classroom. To this end, they make the Centre a haven, where the children can access nutritious food, spiritual formation, and homework help. The meals and snacks are critical to the children’s success. So, the CMAVIL site is partnering with Chalice to carry out the Open Centre’s nutrition program.

This 12-month program will improve the nutritional health of 90 children who attend the Open Centre, by providing a balanced and healthy diet. The Open Centre cook will prepare mid-morning meals, lunch, and snacks every school day.  The staff will monitor the attendance list, ensuring the children are eating daily. They will maintain communication with children’s parents/guardians about their progress and visit their homes twice a year to see how things are going. Health professionals will monitor the children’s height, weight, and nutritional status.

Additionally, the site staff will provide nutrition education in family, school, and community settings. They’ll partner with local health authorities to conduct workshops on nutritious cooking, deworming and anemia detection, and personal hygiene. They will also support the families with vitamin supplements and any medication related to deworming.

The total budget for the one-year program is $22,918.50 CAD. This includes all the groceries needed for the year, including rice, pasta, beans, dairy products, and fresh produce. The budget also accommodates the salaries of the cook and cleaner, hygiene kits (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap) and deworming and anemia medication.

Budget in Canadian Funds: $22,918.50 CAD
Project Code: HDP PCV0622

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