Phalarope is working in communities that are located in the Dry Corridor of Guatemala. This is a strip that stretches from Southern Mexico down to Panama. These areas suffer from severe inclement weather due to El Niño and are the most prone to drought or extreme precipitation. Therefore, alternative agricultural practices are needed. Phalarope will build the first school of alternative farming in Guatemala. The school will be built during the first quarter of 2020 in Cacerio Centro, San Jose Poaquil located in the Dry Corridor. Farmers will learn new techniques and Phalarope will help them build their own hydroponic systems in partnership with the local authorities. This project will be expanded to the adjacent communities in the Dry Corridor.
Guatemala, where poverty affects half of the population, malnutrition is a bigger problem than in any country in Latin America and the Caribbean. Guatemala has the highest rate of stunting in the region and the third highest rate in the world.
Children suffering from malnutrition are at increased risk of dying in their early years. Furthermore, stunting is associated with cognitive impairment.
Our Program will address the food emergency that exists in the dry corridor. The objective of the program is to improve nutritional status among children 5 years of age or younger, specifically during the critical 1000 day window. This will be acheived with breastfeeding promotion, vitamin and mineral supplements, deworming, the teaching of proper weaning practices (transition from breastfeeding to solid foods), and by improving food availability by teaching an alternative agricultural tecnique to the farmers, hydroponics.
Our hydroponic program should dramatically increase food production while drastically diminishing water requirements for food production.
WHAT IS HYDROPONICS?
Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, which is a method of growing plants without soil, by instead using mineral nuterient solutions in water solvent.
-You can grow anywhere!
-Uses 20 times less water than soil-based gardening
-Your environment is sterile, which means no pesticides
-You'll use 20% less space growing/farming
-The water within the system can be resused, allowing you to conserve water
The hydroponic system is perfect for farming where there is limited to no access to water.
WHAT WILL MY MONEY BE USED FOR?
With your kind and much needed donations, we will purchase seeds for farming and PVC tubes that are 6 meters long and have a diameter of 3 inches
-Each PVC tube costs about $22 or Q168
-Each system will need 20 PVC tubes making the overall cost for one hydroponic system $450
-Each hydroponic system can cultivate around 940 crops
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