115 children finished the BANASA“Growing up Healthy” program

The BANASA Human Development Center, located in the village of Los Encuentros, in Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango works in partnership with the University of Colorado to implement the “Creciendo Sanos” (Growing up Healthy) program for children up to three years of age, with the aim of contributing to their healthy growth and development.

Within the framework of BANASA’s food and nutritional security program, “Growing up healthy” also helps to reduce malnutrition in the area and improve health and nutrition in rural areas of Southwestern Guatemala. At the same time, the program joins in the efforts to achieve United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Banasa signed an agreement with the University of Colorado to carry out this program. Doctors from the University train mothers about newborn danger signs, early stimulation techniques, breastfeeding, nutrition, personal hygiene and disease prevention. Weight and height measurement rounds and home visits are also conducted to monitor the development and growth of children.

The program is open to the children of Banasa workers and to all the families of neighboring communities who wish to participate.

Recently, the first group of 115 children who finished the zero to three years of age program achieved a satisfactory level of growth and development. In an event which included the mothers of these children, community leaders, representatives of Banasa and doctors from the University of Colorado, diplomas were given to the 115 children. Banasa’s production manager said: “We are interested in the well-being of our employees; we carry out programs in preventive health, nutrition and food security to help our workers and their families and contribute to improve their quality of life.”

The participating children belong to the communities of Chiquirines, Carrizales, Pomal, Santa Fe, Barillas, Palmar, San Luis, Morenas, Valle Lirio, Colonia Diaz and Troje, belonging to the municipalities of Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango; La Blanca, San Marcos; And Retalhuleu, Retalhuleu.