Our comprehensive FSN program is designed to build the capacity of these Afro-Colombian communities and local government agencies to achieve the right to food security, and to improve the nutritional status for children and the more than 183,000 residents of the municipalities of Tumaco, Francisco Pizarro and Mosquera. Our programs range from direct assistance, such as the provision of complementary nutrition to children in school, to the training of community change agents for their active participation in the design and implementation of Food Security and Nutrition public policies.
Our Program Has Three Main Components:
Strengthening the Capacity and Participation of Communities: At the school cafeterias, we establish Food Security and Nutrition committees comprised of parents, students, teachers and school administrators, who receive training in nutritional value and safe handling of food. We also create citizen oversight networks and equip them with the tools to monitor the proper distribution of public resources intended for the community.
Our nutrition team and community-change agents promote healthy eating by developing a food guide. The guide is designed to assist families to make better choices for nutritional health while focusing on the preservation of traditional Afro-Colombian foods and recipes.
Strengthening of Advocacy: We have established a Food Security and Nutrition Training School for community-change agents to provide community leaders with the skills necessary to participate directly in the process of formulating public policies for Food Security and Nutrition, as well as monitoring their implementation.
In addition, we help strengthen local government inter-agency coordination by forming Municipal Boards for Food Security and Nutrition that include representatives of local governments, universities, NGOs and our FSN Training School.
Food and Nutrition Oversight: Working within the framework and guidelines established by the World Food Program, Global Humanitaria complements the Colombian Family Welfare Institute’s food aid program by balancing the nutritional intake of almost 23,000 students in 45 schools with fruits, vegetables, dairy products and proteins. Whenever possible, we source the food from local suppliers where the schools are located.
Malnourished children are more susceptible to disease and suffer cognitive impairment, resulting in learning difficulties. One nutritious meal a day provides a safety net for poor families and helps keep children in school. Our nutritionists monitor children's nutritional health in the 45 schools participating in our FSN program and provide timely intervention, such as medication to eliminate intestinal parasites. Our social workers and nutritionists have tailored individualized support to children at risk of malnutrition.
Our educational programs engage parents in trainings to promote proper nutrition and hygiene in the home.
We also build or improve the infrastructure of the schools.