Merry Christmas from all of us at Mata Escura and the GVI Charitable Trust!
As you may have seen, we recently altered the title of this project to more accurately reflect the importance your donations play in providing food for the children we work with in Salvador.
As a result of the financial hardship and a lack of dietary education in the favela, many of the children show signs of malnutrition. These can include weight loss, poor growth, increased susceptibility to illness and poor concentration levels.
At the Mata Escura project we aim to improve nutrition by providing students with 3 balanced meals per day. The day starts with fresh fruit (bought locally) and yoghurt or mingau, a traditional Brazilian porridge. Lunch is normally rice, beans or pasta with chicken, beef or soya protein and before leaving in the afternoon children receive a soup. We also provide weekend and holiday food and fruit packages whenever possible to help ensure that children are well fed when not at school.The project employs a local cook, Sonia, to prepare the school meals. She is a very talented and resourceful chef, who creates tasty, healthy meals from scratch and with limited resources. We are very lucky to have her and happy to employ someone from the community in which we work.
We have begun to see the benefits of this work to improve nutrition with concentration levels improving greatly and the frequency of sickness amongst the kids reducing - please help us keep this up! Just $10 will provide 6 meals!
Sending all our thanks for supporting these children in 2013 and have a very happy and safe holiday!
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