Amistad Canada has made a remarkable difference in the lives of more than 200 school children in two disadvantaged communities near San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. The two Amistad Angels’ school kitchens opened last year, provide hot, nutritious lunches to children who often come to school hungry.
On March 20, 2018, two kitchens sponsored by Amistad Canada were visited by a group including Mark O’Neill and Marc Egnal from Amistad Canada, and Feed the Hungry San Miguel (FTHSM) representatives Al Kocourek, President, Feed the Hungry San Miguel, Inc.; Gifford Moody (President, Feed the Hungry, A.C.); Olivia Muñiz Rodríguez, Chris Peeters, and Diana Rodríguez Rodríguez.
Remarkable testimonials praised the far-reaching impact of the new kitchens. With Amistad Canada’s support, FTHSM not only operates the facilities for preparing food, but also delivers all the needed ingredients each week. FTHSM also creates the nutritionally-balanced menus and trains the mothers and chefs who prepare the meals. At the Los González school, one of the teachers explained how the students no longer suffer from hunger pangs or miss school days because of malnutrition. She invited comments from the children, and several of them described how much happier they’ve been since the program began.
At the Puerto de Sosa school, the teachers and children there took the delegation into their hearts with their warm reception. Every member received a rose and sincere thanks from the students, as well as a serenade by their choir and a brief recital by a recorder group. Joining the children in a delicious lunch (spaghetti, tortillas, fritters made of potatoes and chick peas, and more), everyone cleaned their plates and the children awarded the menu (which changes every day) five stars.
It was a very special morning for the delegation. At both schools, Marc Egnal spoke briefly telling teachers and students how delighted Amistad Canada was to work with them, and noting that many Canadians strongly support this program.
To cap off the morning, Amistad discussions with Al Kocourek and others from Feed the Hungry indicated that because of continuing generous donations, Amistad Angels will be able to sponsor two additional school kitchens this year.
More photos of the visit to Puerto de Sosa: https://photos.app.goo.gl/oj3CzH3NoJAqI8tU2
More photos of the visit to Los González: https://photos.app.goo.gl/WCq4remDZRtl1CmD3
(All images courtesy of Marc Egnal of AMISTAD Canada.)
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