childfund logo
Planting, Harvesting, Eating in Brazil
+
Aug 12, 2014
E
6809 Views
l
t
Tweet

Helping children grow up healthy and strong is a full-time job, and in Brazil it means sowing the seeds for community gardens. ChildFund Brasil and its partner organisations are working with families in several communities to plant gardens and grow vegetables for everyone’s nourishment, especially children.

Antônia, of the city of Francisco Badaró, state of Minas Gerais, in Brazil.

Antônia, of the city of Francisco Badaró, state of Minas Gerais, in Brazil.

PROCAJ, one of ChildFund Brasil’s local partner organisations in the Jequitinhonha Valley, has 57 families participating in the project Planting, Harvesting, Eating. They grow vegetables for their households at the children’s community centre, and the rest of the crops are sold, generating income for the families.

“Today we ate freshly baked vegetables and helped in feeding the kids at school. They have vegetables on the table every day,” says Maria, 68.

Community Garden

Community Garden

For many mothers involved, the project goes beyond physical nourishment; Uca says she has seen her self-esteem grow stronger as well. “Before the garden, I took anti-depression medication,” she says. “Today I don’t need it.”

Maria adds that the community gardens have also changed how the community sees the families: “We were discredited; they used to say that we didn’t like working, that we just liked to plead. PROCAJ gave us confidence, believed in our efforts and our willingness to grow and succeed in life.”

Gardening in Brazil

Gardening in Brazil

For all the latest news from the field.
Please signup to our newsletter.


Signup