Through a cooperative program with Patronato Pro-Niños, a local non-profit, and funded by a common donor, dental care and hygiene is provided by a dental van that visits the rural villages where Feed the Hungry San Miguel has school-kitchens. Children are the priority, but adults are also eligible.
ENGLISH CLASSES AND SCHOLARSHIPS
In the community of Los Ricos a corps of volunteer teachers from the USA and Canada, under the direction of a former Feed the Hungry San Miguel Trustee, conduct English classes for children and adults, have built a school library, funded a dining hall at the school, and provide the children with scholarships and encourage continued education.
CLEAN WATER INITIATIVE
San Miguel’s water source is subterranean aquifer made of volcanic rock. The water table continues to decline while concentrations of arsenic and fluoride continue to climb. Children are at greatest risk, as their growing bodies absorb these dangerous minerals at a much higher rate. For over 60% percent of residents living at or below the poverty level, bottled water is simply unaffordable.
Feed the Hungry San Miguel is working with other NGOs and the Universidad de Querétaro to install cisterns for rainwater harvesting, as well as filtration systems that produce clean, potable water free of arsenic contamination.