The objective of AgroAmerica’s Corporate Social Responsibility program is to contribute to improving the standard of living of the people in the communities close to our operations. Our aim is to empower them through community development program such as education, health, management and citizen participation. We become actively involved in the development of the communities and manage projects and State resources for the benefit of their villages.
The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program that AgroAmerica is implementing is focused on health, education, infrastructure, environment and disaster prevention.
Among our programs are:
AgroAmerica conducts training for community leaders, women, teachers, school principals and students on the following subjects:
- Human values
- HIV/AIDS prevention
- Environmental care
- Drug addiction
- Health and hygiene
AgroAmerica contributes to community development and improvement of education in the rural areas by paying teachers, donating computers, desks and school supplies. We also paint schools and train teachers, among other activities.
AgroAmerica supports the Endowment Fund for Agricultural Development in Guatemala (FDDAG) giving scholarships to rural area students who wish to study at El Zamorano.
Happy Families Program
This Nutritional Food Security program focuses on the improvement of health and nutritional conditions and family behavior norms. Some of its objectives are:
- Reduction of malnutrition and the rate of infant mortality
- Improving children’s school performance
- An increase in productivity
- Community development
This program is conducted in partnership with USAID and local health centers. AgroAmerica is also a member of the Food and Nutritional Security Development Council (CODESAN)
A Banana a Day Changes Your Life
This Food Security and Nutritional Program consists of giving away daily rations of bananas to supplement the school meal for more than 4,000 children in 16 rural schools. This is a contribution to the improvement of their health conditions and cognitive development. The program is followed with preventive health training sessions for children, parents and teachers. There are also home visits for evaluation of what has been learned and monitoring of progress in height and weight.
Fumigation Days are held mainly in schools and health centers to prevent diseases such as dengue and others caused by mosquitoes and insects.
Free Medical Consultations and Deworming Days
On a regular basis medical consult days are carried out, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and private entities, where a complete general and ophthalmologic check-up is carried out. We also coordinate deworming for the children.
Local Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (COLRED)
The Local Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (COLRED) was created jointly with the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) and the Community Development Councils (COCODES) of southwestern Guatemala. The aim of the group is to support communities in the event of a natural disaster and organize them so that they are able to react correctly in the case of such events.
Human Development Center
A human development community center in the southwest of Guatemala provides medical and educational services. Currently it has a school for children of AgroAmerica workers and a medical clinic for the general public. See the video>>
AgroAmerica helps maintain community roads and main routes, as well as repair schools and bridges.
Energy saving stoves
AgroAmerica implemented an energy-saving stoves program, which contributes to the improvement of health, family economy and conservation of the environment:
- The stoves generate savings of up to 65 per cent in the use of rewood.
- The stoves prevent respiratory diseases, by eliminating smoke insidethe rooms of the house.
- The stoves reduce deforestation by reducing the amount of rewoodused.
Delivery of the stoves consisted in training for installation, use and proper maintenance and it was accompanied by a monitoring program to promote proper use and sustainability of the program. In the southwestern area of Guatemala 175 energy-saving stoves were given to the worker’s wives and more than 15 schools.
Community Drinking Water Program
During 2011, the University of Colorado conducted a baseline study that identified the following situation in the southwestern area of Guatemala:
• 27% of the population has no access to drinking water
• 42% prevalence of diarrhea in the area
Based on these results, the distribution of drinking water filters was promoted in our communities. The program included a training component for the installation, use and monitoring of the filters to help promote their sustainability. This was accompanied by lectures on the importance of drinking safe water.
The distribution of these filters seeks to reduce the index of gastrointestinal diseases and to save families money, because it removes the need to purchase drinking water and/or wood to boil water.
During 2015, 181 filters (Eco Litros) were handed out to equip 15 schools and provide access to safe drinking water to more than 2,820 children of communities located in Guatemala’s southwestern area.
Mother and Child Programs
AgroAmerica maintains an alliance with the University of Colorado to provide technical assistance and training in the implementation of the programs Creciendo Sanos (Growing up Healthy) and Madres Sanas (Healthy Mothers). The main objective of these programs is to reduce mother and child mortality and contribute to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. (Goal no. 4: Reduce child mortality and Goal no. 5: Improve maternal health). Both programs include home visits, which allow regular monitoring of participating mothers and children, therefore ensuring the efficiency of the program.