Rotaract Club of Belize City
Food security and healthy eating among children is important. As an area of emphasis for both Rotary International and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals food security is of great importance. The Rotaract Club of Belize City since the start of this rota year had set out the idea of incorporating the Sustainable Development goals as project focal points in this year’s activities. Since then, as a club we had discussed the idea of Urban community gardens as a means of establishing food security. Being unable to this date identify a vacant plot of land to start that project, we decided to look into schools that we have an existing relationship with to house our community gardens. Often times it has been shared that Teachers with their small compensation are expected to feed children, with this project we hope to defer some of that cost while teaching children valuable lessons such as survival, healthy eating and the basics of farming. The garden/greenhouse will host an array of fruits and vegetables that will enable the school to grow enough produce to prepare basic meals for students.
Link to greenhouse design plans: http://www.pvcplans.com/pvc-greenhouse.htm
Each School/ Institution will have a completed garden with Rotaractors coming in weekly to assist children with planting and harvesting. Touching lives of over 300 Belizean children between ages of 3 and 16 from different backgrounds. Students from low income households, those with special needs and children who have been placed in care of the state will all benefit from the project. We have outlined 5 main stages through which the project will be implemented. With Stages 4 and 5 being cyclical and constant point of interaction between Rotaractors and participants. The 5 schools/ organizations that we would like to target are: Sunshine Preschool, Unity Presbyterian School, Portlayola Preschool, Stella Morris School (Special Needs School) and Dorothy Menzies Children’s Home. These are all places that we already have existing relationships with and have ongoing relationships with their children.