Every day fresh vegetables for everyone
That’s where foundation Nature and Environmental Education Mundial stands for.
Since 2008, the NME Mundial foundation situated in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, developed various educational projects in the field of nature, environment and urban horticulture. There is a school program and a city garden project based on the square meter garden principle. This way, participants receive part of the required amount of fruits and vegetables. And they learn about the importance of healthy nutrition.
This is not obvious in the suburbs of Cochabamba by the lack of fresh produce, high prices and poor education. Because of this many people eat low-fiber meals without any variety. Due to the shortage of vitamins and minerals many children deal with developmental problems. By focusing on healthier foods, particularly in schools, we hope that children develop better, and therefore perform better in school.
We involve as many teachers, counselors and parents on the various projects so that there is continuity in the looking after the gardens. This enables us to contribute to food security in schools, in institutions and at home.
We stand for sustainable agriculture. This means that we do not use chemical pesticides and we offer alternatives to combat the most common plant diseases. A lot of material is recycled and used in an inventive way. Composting and rainwater harvesting are an integral part of our projects.
The exchange of knowledge and experiences between Bolivia and the Netherlands takes shape in the deployment of Dutch interns on projects in Bolivia. We have also developed a special curriculum for Dutch primary school pupils.