Children’s day in Agroamerica

Children’s day in Agroamerica

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Childhood is a unique and crucial stage of life and all children must be safe, healthy and educated. (United Nations).

“Children are a fundamental part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programs at AgroAmérica, which are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and run throughout the year, so the Day of the Child at AgroAmérica is EVERY DAY,” said Javier Aguirre, Corporate Director of AgroAmérica.

One of the programs that AgroAmérica implements is a school for the children of employees. 

AgroAmerica’s School for workers Children

It currently has 179 students in Kindergarten and Elementary school.

  • The school promotes gender equity: 47% of the students enrolled are girls.
  • 84 students have graduated from elementary level.
  • The school was founded 9 years ago to bring quality education to the children of employees.

During 2020, the school has kept its classes remote, adapting to the change required by the pandemic. “We are awaiting instructions from the Ministry of Education to define the dates and methodology of graduation,” Aguirre reported. “During these days we will visit the students to verify their learning process and we will bring candy and joy to celebrate “International Children’s Day”.

Another of AgroAmérica’s contributions to children, is its active participation in the Municipal Commission for Food and Nutritional Security (COMUSAN, for its acronym in Spanish) in the municipalities in its area of influence in Guatemala.

COMUSANs are made up of a multi-sector groups and hold discussions on the reality of food and nutritional security in the municipalities, proposing actions that provide and communicate quality and timely information for decision making and to be on the look-out for specialized agreements to generate proposals or projects in areas focused and prioritized in food and nutritional health. Its objective is to reduce the rate of malnutrition and chronic malnourishment in children in the area.

In the Southwestern zone, where AgroAmérica operates, chronic child malnutrition is at 4%, compared to 50% of the country’s total. (Source: Unicef).

Human Development Center

AgroAmérica’s “Growing Up Healthy” program, implemented at the Human Development Center in southwestern Guatemala, serves children from zero to three years of age. Its objective is to reduce malnutrition in the community and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

During 2019, 105 children finished this process of care within the program, for having reached three years of age with satisfactory growth and nutritional development.

ONE banana a day changes your life:

It is a complement to the school snack. It seeks to improve the nutrition and food security of the children participating in the program.

To date, 20,505 children have participated in Guatemala, Peru, and Ecuador. During 2019, the program was present in 13 schools.

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Agroaceite, a subsidiary of AgroAmerica Tropical Oil Holding Corp., is awarded with the Community Impact RSPO Excellence Award 2019

Agroaceite, a subsidiary of AgroAmerica Tropical Oil Holding Corp., is awarded with the Community Impact RSPO Excellence Award 2019

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The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) held the 2019 Excellence Awards to recognize and honor RSPO members for their outstanding contributions across key impact areas, not only in meeting the initiative stringent standards but in leading the way towards the shared vision of making sustainable palm oil the norm.

With more than 4,000 members located in 92 countries around the world, the RSPO organized, for the first time, the RSPO Excellence Awards Ceremony to recognize their member’s contributions implementing practices that go beyond the standards that palm oil regulations require; thus contributing to sustainable production.

RSPO Excellence Award 2019

The 2019 Excellence Award was presented during the seventeenth Annual RSPO Conference -RT17- held in Bangkok, Thailand, by a jury that was composed of an independent multidisciplinary team, leaders, and experts in the palm oil and sustainability sector.

There were 5 categories for the 2019 RSPO Excellence Award ceremony: Human Rights and Labour Initiative, Conservation Leadership, Smallholder Impact Programme, Community Impact, and Outstanding Achievement.

The Community Impact RSPO Excellence Award 2019 was presented by the RSPO General Secretary to Gustavo Bolaños -AgroAmerica COO- for the implementation of the “Human Development Center” project. “It reflects the company’s comprehensive vision to provide access to high-quality education & health coverage,” said Bolaños.

RSPO CEO Datuk Darrel Webber said, “For the very first time, we are giving our valued members the opportunity to receive due recognition for their significant contributions in helping us in our shared journey towards making sustainable palm oil the norm…

Human Development Center (HDC):

The Human Development Center is a project executed by Agroaceite, a company that is part of AgroAmerica Tropical Oil Holding Corp; which has donated 10ha of plantations for the construction of the project that is comprised of a Medical Clinic and school for children of workers:

  • Medical Clinic: Conducted in partnership with the University of Colorado to promote integral health access. It opened in 2014 and has impacted more than 27thousand patients in the Southwestern region of Guatemala. The MedicalClinic also runs community programs, in which 3,343 children and 1,977 women have participated, to reduce maternal and infant mortality and improve the nutritional status of the area
  • School for children of workers: Established to raise the academic level of the area through a creative and innovative pedagogical methodology, which promotes the active participation of students. The school for children of workers has obtained regional recognition for academic performance and pedagogical methodology.

“We will continue to promote the well-being of the people in the community with this initiative. We hope this is the beginning of all the positive impact that we can make,” Gustavo Bolaños.

The project is based on the Sustainable Development Goals promoted by the United Nations General Assembly through resolution 70/1: To transform our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

With the Human Development Center AgroAmerica contribute to:

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AgroAmerica promotes processes of dialogue and community relations

AgroAmerica promotes processes of dialogue and community relations

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AgroAmerica, in alliance with the Center for Social Responsibility in Guatemala –CentraRSE-, the German Agency for International Cooperation –GIZ Guatemala-, and mills in the area have organized a Diploma of “Sustainable Dialogue and Conflict Transformation”.

Wit the Diploma, AgroAmerica aims to strengthen processes of community dialogue and relationship in the area of influence of the department of Escuintla. Community leaders from the municipalities of Masagua, Tiquisate, and La Gomera, Escuintla were invited.

The Diploma consists of 6 training sessions about the processes of dialogue and conflict resolution as tools to strengthen the community relationship and potentialized the impact of social projects.

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AgroAmerica and CONRED renewed accreditations to 72 people as official members of Local Coordinators for Disaster Reduction (COLRED)

AgroAmerica and CONRED renewed accreditations to 72 people as official members of Local Coordinators for Disaster Reduction (COLRED)

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AgroAmerica in partnership with the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction -CONRED- , and the Association of the Southwest Trifinio  ASODITSO-, carried out the renewal of accreditations to 72 people from 10 communities of Quetzaltenango, San Marcos, and Retalhuleu; as official members of Local Coordinators for Disaster Reduction.

During an act held at AgroAmerica School, the Executive Secretary of CONRED, Sergio Cabañas, presented the renewed accreditations to 72 people among whom were community leaders and workers of the company.

The accreditations endorse them as official members of the Local Coordinators for Disaster Reduction in the communities of San Luis, Santa Fe, Los Encuentros, La Blanquita, Valle Lirio, Chiquirines, Morenas, Salinas I and II, and Colonia Barillas.

Agroamerica and the Local Coordinators for Disaster Reduction (COLRED):

Since 2016 AgroAmerica began the process of training of Local Coordinators for Disaster Reduction to provide local knowledge and skills to respond to emergencies and natural disasters.

The aim of COLRED is to give support to the communities during natural disasters and organize them to learn to react in the correct right way to an event, and if necessary, provide the first response, in coordination with municipal or departmental authorities.

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A Banana a Day Changes your Life

A Banana a Day Changes your Life

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This is a Food Security and Nutritional Program that consists of giving away daily rations of banana to supplement the school meal for more than 4,000 children in 16 rural schools, thus contributing to the improvement of their health conditions and cognitive development. The program is followed with preventive health training sessions for children, parents and teachers; and also with home visits for evaluation of what has been learned and progress in height and weight.

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