GlobeMed at the University of Michigan partners with Amún Shéa to educate the community’s children and confront the root causes of poverty.
Who We Are // GlobeMed at University of Michigan
Founded in 2006, GlobeMed at the University of Michigan partners with Amún Shéa Center for Integrated Development in Perquín, El Salvador. Together we work to create community leaders and provide high quality education for over 100 students, from kindergarten to eighth grade.
Our Partner // Amún Shéa in Perquín, El Salvador
The Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation is a non-profit organization created in 2007 to confront the root causes of poverty in the Morazán Province of El Salvador. Their primary project is Amún Shéa Center for Integrated Development, an innovative school committed to community development, health, and investment. This grassroots organization was created in response to the El Salvadoran Civil War, which lasted from 1980 to 1992 and left the Morazán Province with untold loss of loss, displacement of 100% of the civilian population, and complete destruction of social and productive infrastructure. Through empowerment of their students, Amún Shéa aims to stop the brain drain from El Salvador and end regional cycles of poverty. GlobeMed at the University of Michigan works to support four of the school’s campaigns: Hygiene Promotion, a Vegetable Greenhouse, a Corn Cultivation Project, and a Tilapia Fish Farm. Through these projects, school children take investment in their community and learn how to problem-solve, connect ideas, and share solutions with their peers. Working together, GlobeMed at the University of Michigan and Amún Shéa partner to break the ever-repeating dynamic of marginalization and isolation.
Our Project // $8000 to Implement School Projects focused in Nutrition and Health Care
The Hygiene Promotion Campaign will engage students and staff in personal, family and community hygiene promotion, while improving general health status and students’ academic performance. Hygiene myths and facts, types of communicable disease, impact on personal and community health, prevention methods such as hand-washing, house maintenance, food safety and preparation, and the relationship between health and economic development will be emphasized.
The Vegetable Greenhouse will sustainably produce commonly used vegetables (e.g. tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, peppers and onions) to supplement cafeteria production (breakfast, snacks and lunch) for all students and staff.
The Corn Cultivation Project will sustainably cultivate corn commonly grown in El Salvador. Students will actively learn the components of corn cultivation, along with the importance of this integral plant.
The Tilapia Fish Farm will sustainably produce tilapia used to supplement cafeteria production for all students and staff. Students will learn about biodiversity, types and connection of ecosystems, types of vertebrate animals, the water cycle, hydrography in El Salvador, types of options for work in the rural setting, two-dimensional mathematics, and geometric shapes through this project.
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