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 // $10000 to Implement School Projects focused in Nutrition and Health Care
1. The Hygiene Campaign actively engages students and staff in personal, family, and community hygiene promotion, while improving the general health status of students. This includes providing supplies such as soap, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, and cleaning materials for the kitchen and bathrooms.
2. The Aquaponics project combines previous greenhouse and tilapia farm projects. It was created to provide a more sustainable method of producing common vegetables and tilapia to supplement school meals and snacks.
3. The Food-Bio Lab allows students to test soil and plant tissue for nutrients and contaminants, as a way to improve knowledge of what is in the food that students are eating and evaluate its quality through a hands–on study of biology.
4. The Healthy Student Initiative provides Amun Shea students with basic health and nutrition knowledge, in order to create a comprehensive school environment that fosters good health.
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