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FEMAP’s Valoración Nutricional en el Ambito Escolar Receives Award

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 -- FEMAP’s work was recognized by the Instituto Nacional de Desarrollo Social in Mexico, D.F. (INDESOL) earlier this year. The non-profit was selected after a routine site visit by a representative of INDESOL (an institution that helps to promote, develop and strengthen partnerships between the federal and local government as well as civil society organizations, in turn generating public policies to overcome poverty and strengthen the society in Mexico).

“The representative from INDESOL was amazed that through their funding, we provided services to 41 adults and 374 children living in shelters throughout Cd. Juarez,” explains Graciela De Leon, Program Manager. “We made a brief presentation about the other programs and services FEMAP provides and this rep nominated us for the award. At the ceremony in Mexico City, I presented information about our 40 years of service to the community and explained how we have contributed to the lessening of poverty in Mexico.”

Valoración y Atención Nutricional en el Ámbito Escolar, with funding from Paso del Norte Health Foundation, FEMAP created a pilot nutrition program for community kitchens serving children in Ciudad Juarez. “The goal of the community kitchen is to ensure that children eat at least one healthy meal a day. A training and evaluation plan for people who work and volunteer at the community kitchens was developed with the assistance of nutritionists,” adds De Leon. This outreach project also receives financial support by INDESOL for its adult component.

In 2012, Approximately 1,050 nutritional assessments for children were conducted by nutritionists to create a data base that includes anthropometry measures through 152 classes. This data will assist in detecting children who do not fall within normal ranges and will be referred for medical and laboratory testing at one of the FEMAP sponsored hospitals. Seven training workshops were conducted for volunteers and personnel of the participating community kitchens.

“This was more than an award,” beams De Leon, “It’s a recognition of how much we do with little resources.