“Today is a day to remember that children need to be educated and healthy in order to grow and develop fully,” said Javier Aguirre, executive director of Agroaceite.
That is why Agroaceite has educational and comprehensive health programs for children, children of employees and the communities where it operates.
One of the programs implemented by Agroaceite is the school for the children of employees.
Currently the Mojarras School has 179 students in Kindergarten and Elementary school.
- Gender equality is promoted in the school: 47% of the students enrolled are girls.
- 84 students have graduated from Elementary level.
- The school was founded 9 years ago to bring quality education to the children of employees.
During 2020, Mojarras School has kept its classes remote, adapting to the change required by the pandemic. “We are awaiting instructions from the Ministry of Education to define the dates and methodology of graduation,” reported Aguirre. “During these days we will visit the students to verify their learning process and we will bring candy and joy to celebrate International Children’s Day”.
Another of Agroaceite’s contributions to children, is its active participation in the Municipal Commission for Food and Nutritional Security (COMUSAN, by its Spanish acronym) in the municipalities of Pajapita and Coatepeque and we participate in the Technical Committee for Food Security in Ayutla.
The COMUSANs are integrated by a multi-sector group and hold discussions on the reality of food and nutritional security in the municipalities. They are responsible for proposing actions that provide and communicate quality and timely information for decision-making and seeking technical agreements to generate proposals or projects in areas focused and prioritized on food and nutritional health. Its objective is to reduce the cases of malnutrition and chronic malnutrition in children in the area.
In the Southwest zone, where Agroaceite operates, chronic child malnutrition is at 4%, compared to 50% of the total in the country. (Source: Unicef).
Human Development Center:
Agroaceite’s “Growing Up Healthy” Program, which is carried out in the Human Development Center in Coatepeque, attends to children from zero to three years old. Its objective is to reduce malnutrition in the community and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
During 2019, 105 children concluded the process of care within the program, having reached three years old with satisfactory growth and nutritional development.