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AgroAmerica’s Staff Engaged In Volunteer Work

AgroAmerica’s Staff Engaged In Volunteer Work

Guatemala, February 2013, Agroamerica’s main office staff visited “Camino Seguro” (Safe Passage) for a volunteer work. Camino Seguro is an organization that brings hope, education and opportunities to young people and their families that live in extreme poverty in areas surrounding the garbage dump in Zone 3 of Guatemala City.

Megan McAdams, Camino Seguro volunteer, who came originally to help for two months (has stayed two years and a half in this project), stated: “when you come and realize the great need that exist, you do not want to leave. With pleasure we will receive Agroamerica?s volunteers.”

All Saturday morning, Agroamerica’s employees shared happiness with children and coached youth for job interviews.

Juan Francisco Roldan, Camino Seguro, Public Relations coordinator expressed: “Volunteer work is very important because our children receive personal attention. This activity has been one of the best ones that we have carried out, all of Agroamerica?s employees participated. They were well organized and supported all activities. What these children need is to feel that there is someone to support them.”

Agroamerica’s personnel enjoyed the visit, all agreed that this type of activity helps them grow, become better persons, shapes them completely and strengthen their values.

Jorge David Reynoso, member of Agroamerica’s accounting department commented: “I liked very much sharing with children and youth and being able to encourage them to continue. Sometimes we complaint, but when we see what type of work these children do in the garbage dump, it makes us reflect.”

Ingrid Lopez, Logistics Manager, added: “It was very rewarding. Sometimes we forget that very close to us there are great needs, because we are caught up with our day to day activities. Children taught me much, despite the limited resources they have, all of them had much enthusiasm, energy and optimism. I would like to have more opportunities like this one and that a larger group could participate next time to reach more people in need and learn to be thankful for what we have.”

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AgroAmerica Shares Their Good Environmental Practices.

AgroAmerica Shares Their Good Environmental Practices.

Guatemala, February 13, 2013. Personnel from the environmental department of Cementos Progreso -CEMPRO- visited the water reservoir of Agroamerica in order to implement it in their operation. Through this reservoir, water is saved during the rainy season, to be used during the dry season (summer).

Agroamerica has the expertise and capability for technological research to continuously improve the production system by minimizing the use of resources and care appropriately the environment.

Cristian Mora, Production Manager, stated: “For Agroamerica is very important the relation with other companies, for that reason Agroamerica shared its good environmental practices with CEMPRO.”

Oscar Perez, CEMPRO Environmental Manager, was very thankful with Agroamerica’s team: “The visit succeeded our expectations. The reservoir project is worth to be duplicated. Thank you for bringing forward this project, sharing the information and for the hospitality received during our visit.”

Marvin Lopez, Agroamerica Quality Control Manager, commented that for the company is of great pride and satisfaction that a company such as Cementos Progreso duplicates a large scale project such as Agroamerica’s water reservoir model. “This type of visits is important because they strengthen institutional alliances that allow knowledge exchange about projects that are being implemented successfully. CEMPRO personnel was satisfied with the knowledge acquired and invited us to visit them.”

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Anthropologists From University Of Colorado Conducted A Study For AgroAmerica

Anthropologists From University Of Colorado Conducted A Study For AgroAmerica

Guatemala, february 2013. In order to understand the social and cultural context of the region in the communities near Agroamerica’s operations, eleven anthropology students from the University of Colorado conducted a study on health care. It is known that diseases, have social and cultural causes in addition to biological ones.

By means of this study, they expect to discover the types of diseases the population
is at risk of contracting, their causes, the medical care available and appropiate treatment.

Another aspect that could be identified as a result of this study, is how communities day to day manage to live without receiving support from the government in basic services such as health care, water access and food.

John Brett, Anthropologist from the Univesiity of Colorado, commented, that the experience with the communities and the results achieved will be very benefitial for the Center for Human Development (CHD), that Agroamerica is designing.

“We were very well received by the people, all inhabitants would like to see inmprovements in their communities, therefore they are willing to participate. A wide range of persons were interviewed: community leaders, government officials, religious leaders and radical groups,” stated Brett.

Great advancements were achieved with this visit, important information was found out regarding the priorities of the local communities in terms of development, the organization of the clinic and planning of other related health programs such as water sanitation, nutritional educational programs and access to medical care.

To watch the advancements on Agroamerica’s Center for Human Development in conjunction with the University of Colorado please click here

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AgroAmerica Donates 7000 Bananas To Rural Schools

AgroAmerica Donates 7000 Bananas To Rural Schools.

Guatemala, February 2013. Agroamerica donated seven thousand bananas for schools refreshments snacks, for the rural communities of San Jose Mogollon and El Jabali in Nueva Concepcion, Escuintla. Over one thousand students were benefited from this donation.

This donation was made possible through the food security program -Happy Families- (Familas Felices); the objective of this program is to strengthen nutrition in children. Bananas contain high nutritional value, helping children to enhance school performance. Teachers serve bananas to children with honey, milk or prepare banana pancakes. The bananas were delivered with the support of the local Community Council for Development (Comite Comunitario de Desarrollo -COCODE.)

The president of the Community Council of Mogollon, Jesus Lopez, stated: “This donation brings not only happiness, but health to children because of the vitamins that Bananas contain and helps to prevent diseases. The community Council and its neighbors are very thankful with Agroamerica.”

Blanca Merida, principal of one of the schools stated: “In our school we have many children with severe malnutrition and these bananas received will help them to eat healthier and improve their learning skills.”

Jackeline Mechua, 5th grade teacher added: “This is of great help because many children come to school on an empty stomach. Tehy are dreaming of tortillas and are unable to concentrate in class. Having a full stomach makes a difference!”Guatemala, February 2013. Agroamerica donated seven thousand bananas for schools refreshments snacks, for the rural communities of San Jose Mogollon and El Jabali in Nueva Concepcion, Escuintla. Over one thousand students were benefited from this donation.

This donation was made possible through the food security program -Happy Families- (Familas Felices); the objective of this program is to strengthen nutrition in children. Bananas contain high nutritional value, helping children to enhance school performance. Teachers serve bananas to children with honey, milk or prepare banana pancakes. The bananas were delivered with the support of the local Community Council for Development (Comite Comunitario de Desarrollo -COCODE.)

The president of the Community Council of Mogollon, Jesus Lopez, stated: “This donation brings not only happiness, but health to children because of the vitamins that Bananas contain and helps to prevent diseases. The community Council and its neighbors are very thankful with Agroamerica.”

Blanca Merida, principal of one of the schools stated: “In our school we have many children with severe malnutrition and these bananas received will help them to eat healthier and improve their learning skills.”

Jackeline Mechua, 5th grade teacher added: “This is of great help because many children come to school on an empty stomach. Tehy are dreaming of tortillas and are unable to concentrate in class. Having a full stomach makes a difference!”

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