Through a cooperative program with local NGO Patronato Pro Niños, dental care and hygiene is provided exclusively to children by dental vans that visit the rural villages where Feed the Hungry San Miguel has school-kitchens. The vans are shared by Feed the Hungry and Patronato Pro Niños and are equipped as self-contained dental clinics.
ENGLISH CLASSES AND SCHOLARSHIPS
In the community of Los Ricos de Abajo, 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 and a Learning Center with computers and internet, 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 residents living at or below the poverty level, bottled water is simply unaffordable.
The lack of potable water in many of the communities where we operate school kitchens presents a challenge to our mission. Working with local NGO Caminos de Agua, water quality is monitored in all FTH school kitchens. We currently provide bottled water to the kitchens in the four communities that have no other option, and also maintain the cisterns and filtration systems that have been installed in a few locations.