NPH Mexico has a total of four homes; Casa San Salvador - main home, Casa Buen Señor - high school student home, Casa Ciudad de los Niños - preschool, primary school and middle school, and Casa San Luis - university student home. In total, all homes support over 780 children from infants to 25 years old.
Taking care of all these children means providing them with quality, nutritious food four times daily. Food is a basic and daily need for everyone and NPH tries to give its children a healthy diet full of nutrients and vitamins, which they need to grow up healthy and strong. Sadly many children in Mexico suffer from malnutrition and often eat one meal a day.
The first meal is served at 6:00 am, before the children go to school. This is a light meal such as cereal bars, cereal with milk, bread, milk or tea.
At 10:00 am all the children eat a second breakfast, which ensures them the calories they need to be at their best. Their growing bodies and developing brains need a regular supply of food and a balanced diet. The second breakfast consists of eggs with ham or sausage, rice or tortilla and fruit.
Lunch is served at 2:00 pm, when the students come back from school. Every day our cooks prepare a different meal. Meals may include rice, pasta or potatoes as well as beans and vegetables. Twice a week the children eat either chicken, pork or lamb and once a week they eat fish.
At 8.00 pm a light dinner is served, which could be vegetable soup, “pan bola” (a round bread made at our home), lentils, milk, rice, or banana smoothies.
We receive food donations which help us to cover a small part of our daily needs. In our main home in Miacatlan, a small town southwest of Mexico City, we have a farm where we produce corn on a large scale for our tasty tortillas as well as to feed the animals that live on our farm.
The home also grows peanuts, jicama and sunflower on a smaller scale. We also have a greenhouse which helps us to produce some vegetables, such as tomatoes, lettuce, chard, zucchini, corn, cucumber, cilantro, cabbage, carrot, lemongrass, radish, nopal (cactus leaves), moringa and chili.
On our farm we breed pigs and have various fish ponds, where we grow and harvest tilapia. Unfortunately we are far from being self-sufficient. The fruits, vegetables, meat and fish we produce are not enough to feed over 700 children.
We therefore need to buy all the food we do not get through donations or from our own production, such as chicken, eggs, sausages, yogurt, potatoes, oranges, lemon, noodles, sugar, salt, coffee, vegetables, flour, and more.
We have a total of 12 devoted cooks who work in our homes and who prepare healthy and delicious meals for our children every day. This project will also help cover their annual salary.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact your nearest fundraising office. Click "Sponsor Project" to give an online donation. We are very grateful for any amount you can donate.
Note: the project cost includes a 10% premium to support the general needs of NPH and its children.
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