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Private school “Fernando Bolaños” is a model of rural schools

Private school “Fernando Bolaños” is a model of rural schools

Guatemala, August 2011. The private, co-educational Fernando Bolaños School was visited by 54 directors, teachers, and students from other rural schools located in the municipalities of La Reforma and El Quetzal in San Marcos, and Colomba in Quetzaltenango. The purpose of this visit was to observe the innovative teaching methodologies used in the Fernando Bolaños School, a model school in the rural community.

The Active Rural School Program of the organization, FUNCAFÉ, is in charge of the teaching methodologies used by the Fernando Bolaños School because they are recognized experts in the field of rural schools in Guatemala. The technical coordinator of the program, Jorge Ochoa, explained that the objective of this activity was to present the innovative teaching methodologies used by the teachers, measure the success of these methodologies in the classroom, and motivate the students by allowing them to share their newly acquired knowledge.

The participants thanked Agroamérica for organizing this activity and recognized the company for its social and educational work conducted through their corporate social responsibility programs and their dedication to the development of the children of their employees.

Rigoberto Tercero, the director of the “Carmen Amalia Farm School” in Colomba, Quetzaltenango said, ?We were pleasantly surprised by the school. I found it very interesting that the surrounding natural resources are utilized to teach the students. I was impressed by the academic progress made by this school and its programs. Our school has not yet reached a level of success equal to that achieved by the Fernando Bolaños School in the four years we have been operating.”

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Agroamerica invited community leaders to participate in a Corporate Social Responsibility workshop (CRS) sponsored by Centrarse

Agroamerica invited community leaders to participate in a Corporate Social Responsibility workshop (CRS) sponsored by Centrarse

Guatemala, August 2011. A group of community leaders from Escuintla were invited by Agroamérica to participate in the workshop: “Introducing CSR in Communities.” This workshop was part of the annual Responsible Businesses in Guatemala conference organized by the Centrarse Association.

The participating community leaders came from four rural areas in the Department of Escuintla: San Francisco Madre Vieja, Huitzizil, El Jabalí and San José Mogollón. During the training sessions, the attendees were introduced to the work done by the CSR arm of Agroamérica in addition to learning about the banana production process. They learned about corporate social responsibility programs in general, and above all, their communities” concerns and needs were communicated to the representatives from Agroamérica. The participants also took advantage of this opportunity to make contacts with people involved in other development projects during the conference.

Nelson Recinos, COCODE Secretary and Director of the Huitzitzil school said, “Agroamérica has always supported us with infrastructure projects and training that aids in the development of the entire community. Working together with Agroamérica and the community, we can make real progress.” Maria Teresa Orellana, member of COCODE and a community nurse expressed her appreciation to Agroamérica for the invitation to the workshop that included very relevant information for her community. She added that thanks to Agroamérica, which employs her husband and her son, her family was “able to eat.”
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* CentraRSE is an organization founded in 2003 that includes over 100 member companies whose business interests cover more than 20 different sectors of the Guatemalan economy and provide employment to over 150,000 families. This group of socially responsible companies is one of the most influential entities in Guatemala as well as in the entire Central American region.

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Agroamerica cares about the health and nutritional status of its workers, their families, and the surrounding communities.

Agroamerica cares about the health and nutritional status of its workers, their families, and the surrounding communities

Guatemala, August 2011. Agroamérica, concerned with the nutritional status and well-being of its employees, their families and the residents of the communities surrounding their farm operations, have taken on the responsiblity of helping the children suffering from malnutrition. The most recent case Agroamérica took charge of was the young daughter of an employee from Chiquirines. She was provided with a nutritional and medical workup in addition to the necessary medicines, food, and vitamins to ensure a complete recovery.

In addition, in order to combat malnutrition in the area and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals: “To reduce the number of people suffering from malnutrition and reduce the infant mortality rate”, Agroamérica has joined the Departmental Commission for Food Security and Nutrition -CODES- along with several governmental and non-governmental organizations and private social welfare groups, to design a strategic plan which deals with the problems of food safety, hygiene, and malnutrition in the Boca Costa area of Guatemala.

The goal of this commission is not to be philanthropic, but through the united efforts of various professionals and organizations, to reduce and ultimately elimination malnutrition through education and training programs.

There are a number of organizations that are active members and contributors to CODESAN in the Boca Costa area of Guatemala: Agroamérica, the Lion?s Club, the Rotary Club, a delegation from the Food and Nutrition Security Secretariat -SESAN- of Quetzaltenango, the Municipality of Coatepeque, presidents and mayors of eleven community COCODES, the National Literacy Organization ?CONALFA-, SOSEP, the Office of Women’s Health of Coatepeque, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food.

This collaborative, departmental commission will now be responsible for monitoring the nutritional health and well-being of the population in the Boca Costa region of Guatemala in order to eliminate any cases of malnutrition and/or infant mortality.

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