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Pamela and Isabella's Story: Fundación Sembrar's 'Education at Home' Initiative

In Ecuador's beautiful Andean highlands, where chronic child malnutrition is a pressing issue, the W. O'Neil Foundation funded the 'Education at Home' project. This initiative, implemented by Fundación Sembrar with the support of AVSI-USA, provides nutritional education, practical support, and community engagement to combat child malnutrition and improve well-being.

Pamela is a 24-year-old single mother who started attending PelCa, a local support and education center, six months ago with her 1-year-old daughter, Isabella. During an initial health screening, Isabella was diagnosed with first-degree malnutrition. “They told me that [Isabella] was underweight, but she had always been like that. She stopped breastfeeding alone and then ate very little,” Pamela recalls.


Through the program’s comprehensive workshops, Pamela gained knowledge about the importance of balanced nutrition. She was provided with a nutrition guide and taught about the nutritional value of different foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and unprocessed juices. The program also equipped her with practical advice on meal preparation and ensuring Isabella’s nutritional needs were met.


Pamela’s involvement with PelCa, which has been instrumental in her transformation, was initiated by her mother. Recognizing Pamela’s lack of motivation and isolation, her mother encouraged her to participate in PelCa activities, a decision that would change their lives.


With new confidence and skills, Pamela changed her approach to motherhood. She became more patient and understanding with Isabella, recognizing the importance of meeting her daughter’s emotional and physical needs. Pamela began to share her experiences with other mothers, becoming a source of support in her community.


Isabella, now well-nourished and healthy, has shown remarkable progress in her social skills. She has become more sociable and engaged with other children, actively participating in group activities. Pamela, on the other hand, has decided to work part-time, a decision that has allowed her to become more independent while still spending quality time with her daughter.

Pamela’s story shows the powerful impact of the ‘Education at Home’ program. By addressing nutritional and educational needs, the project improved Isabella’s health and empowered Pamela to become a more confident and capable mother.


Thank you, W. O’Neil Foundation and Fundación Sembrar for making this project possible.