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Reducing Child Malnutrition in Ecuador: A Story from Fundación Sembrar’s ‘Education at Home’ Initiative

Pamela, a young single mother from San Marcos, Ecuador, faced tough times when her daughter Isabella was diagnosed with malnutrition. Thanks to the “Education at Home” program funded by the W. O’Neil Foundation and run by Fundación Sembrar and AVSI-USA, their lives changed for the better!

Through workshops and support from the local PelCa center, Pamela learned how to provide Isabella with a balanced diet and the love she needed to thrive. Isabella not only regained her health but also became more sociable and engaged with other children.

Pamela’s journey is just one of many inspiring stories from our project, which aims to combat child malnutrition and empower families in rural communities.

20th anniversary celebration of FIEDS – Italo – Ecuadorian Fund for Sustainable Development: an innovative and exemplary financing development strategy

FIEDS – Italo – Ecuadorian Fund for Sustainable Development, celebrated 20 years of its debt swap between Ecuador and Italy, this mechanism represents a strategic tool that allows financing of development projects, making it possible to transform the lives of even more vulnerable people.

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary, FIEDS held an event last Wednesday, March 29. The celebration brought together officials from the Italian government, federal and provincial Ecuadorian government, United Nations, and key Ecuadorian universities, as well as beneficiaries from all over Ecuador, who have been participants and witnesses of the projects’ excellence.

Time with their children and helping with homework make mothers stronger in Mexico

At first, Margarita and Griselda thought the COVID-19 pandemic was a challenge they were not ready to face.
“COVID changed our lives. At first, we lost our jobs; we had to lock ourselves up. My children couldn’t go to school, and I had to be a teacher for them, and check their homework,” says Margarita.
“I used to wash, cook and clean while children were at school, but once they were home all the time and I had to check their homework, the house was a chaos, and it was very stressful for them, and for me” echoes Griselda.