$70,317 needed of $138,866
Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
The Peru Castrovirreyna program works with indigenous farmers to increase the quantity of food available and the nutritional status of their children.To increase yields, farmers are trained on diversifying farm plots, organic production methods, establishing seed banks, improving post harvest storage, and establishing family gardens and greenhouses. Families have more access to meat after training on small livestock rearing. Farmers are also trained to market their organic potato and vegetable crops and better manage their farm revenue. Another area of focus is on good nutrition and hygiene habits, and a deworming campaign is being coordinated with local health posts.
Wilfredo is experiencing success! He is a farmer who is using a variety of agricultural methods designed to overcome the challenges of drought, hail, and the freezing temperatures of the Peruvian Andes. He says, “I like the whole process of growing vegetables. There’s always enough for my daughters to eat. What I sell most is lettuce and sweet peppers, not only here locally but also in town.”
Farm families in the program’s eight communities are growing greater quantities and varieties of vegetables, with enough left over to sell and earn an income. They are also improving their overall health by focusing on water sanitation, home and personal hygiene, and learning to prepare delicious and nutritious meals. Encouragingly, the previous phase of the program saw a significant reduction in child malnutrition. Children are eating a wider selection of healthy food, and their bodies are able to process nutrients more efficiently because their parents’ water sanitation efforts resulted in a decrease in water-borne diseases and parasites.
Luz, who owns some cows, says, “I’m learning how to make yogurt! My children like it a lot. I’m planning on getting more cows so I can make enough yogurt to sell.”
The aim of the program is for participants to become self-sufficient. Janet says, “We are happy because we receive information on expenses – what happens with the money CEDINCO gets from the program. We know that it doesn’t cover everything we do here, and we agree that we need to do our part and put in some money on our own.”
Caption: A cooking demonstration covers foods that reverse anemia
Peru Castrovirreyna Program
Led by Lutheran World Relief and Local Partner CEDINCO