Fruit Trees for a Sustainable Future
Dozens of children, one thousand fruit trees, and a whole lot of dirt made for one very messy Tuesday afternoon at the El Maneadero School in the southern region of La Paz, El Salvador. Why all the commotion? SHARE’s partnering organization, CONFRAS, was teaching children, their parents, and teachers to plant and care for their new school yard orchard.
With the generosity of our donors SHARE supports communities in El Salvador to combat childhood hunger by providing funding for students, parents, and teachers to plant 1,000 fruit trees.
Why are these trees so important? According to the World Bank over 40% of children in El Salvador are undernourished and children in rural areas are twice as likely to suffer from malnutrition as children in urban centers. These breadnut, or “ojushte”, trees produce nuts that are rich in calcium, protein, and vitamin B.
In addition to these important nutrients the parents and students who learn to care for these trees gain valuable skills that can help them start orchards of their own.
“(Breadnut trees) are important because we need to always be thinking about climate change and food alternatives–not just for humans, but for animals too,” Explains Salvador Castillo, one of the agricultural technicians for CONFRAS, “The leaves (of the breadnut tree) can be a source of food for livestock.”