Education: Escuela Semillas de Exito (Seeds of Success):
The school aims to provide children a quality education to reinforce their current level, and helps to ensure their success in the next levels of education.
Currently, classes are being held in the house of the director of the education program and take place four days a week from 2-6pm.
The project has property where a new school will be built in the near future and will allow us to have a full time program.
We started this project in April 2015, and today we have 22 children attending formal educational activities.
In addition to classes, children also receive training in making bracelets, necklaces, and other crafts which will be on sale through our website and planned monthly events.
Food Production: Production of Organic Chickens and Eggs
The pilot project at the Procrea headquarters in San Andres, we have corrals and free range areas for the production and maintenance of broilers and laying hens for meat and eggs.
The difference in our project is based on the food that we provide for the chickens. The system consists of a balanced diet of green leafy vegetable matter, sprouted grains and fermented seeds and grains. The sprouting and fermenting processes greatly increase the mass and nutrient availability for completely organic meat and egg production.
The system is being implemented in each of the homes of the children from our school, to help to provide adequate food and quality dietary protein.
As we increase the number of families in the medium term, we will have a surplus in the production of meat and eggs. This will allow us to organize sales activities for organic products to generate income for the families and our organization.
Environmental: Energy Saving Stoves The Procrea Artisan Stoves
Here in Guatemala, many women and mothers are still cooking on an open fire, even in indoor kitchen areas. We are very aware of the numerous problems presented by this situation. Health and safety issues like indoor air pollution, smoke inhalation, children eating or playing around an open fire in a small enclosed space. The aim of our focus has always been a positive impact on the environment and the health of its users.
The Procrea stoves provide families with an attractive, cost effective, fuel efficient, clean burning, and user friendly cooking tool. The design principles are based on the work of some of the great pioneers of stove making. The construction materials are abundant, available locally, and very inexpensive. The type of construction is durable, long lasting, super insulating, and easily tolerates the heavy duty, high temperature requirements of a wood burning stove. The stove could be built by almost anyone with a basic knowledge of masonry. The clay bricks are by far the best insulators for this high- temp application. Only the iron work is specialized and a bit costly. The rocket stove design provides ideal air flow and increases the fuel efficiency by at least 50-70% compared to traditional cooking methods. The small firebox and cast iron plancha capture much more of the available heat, and any residual exhaust gasses are vented out and away through the chimney.
The Procrea Aritsan Stoves are available in three different models to meet the individual needs of the end users.
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