Last week we talked about how the rain is affecting the families of Guayaquil and the whole coastal region of Ecuador. Not only are houses and streets flooding, causing damages to homes and bringing new illness – but the alimentación (nutrition) of already marginalized families may be taking a hit as well. As reported in Ecuador’s newspaper “El Universo” many rice plantations and the areas surrounding them are currently flooded, cutting off access and driving up prices. Rice is a staple food in Ecuador, eaten 2 or 3 times a day – and sometimes the only thing a family could afford at what was a mere 30 cents a pound. As of March 3 rice was at 37 cents a pound, a 23% increase and a huge burden for many families.
Other food hit by rising prices due to the flooding include tomatoes, berries, fish and beans. These prices are reportedly rising as much as 40%.
As part of our 2013-2014 programming Starfish will be providing a healthy snack at all tutoring sessions and monthly meetings as well as providing educational charlas (talks) throughout the year about healthy eating & living habits! With this new initiative we hope to instill healthy habits and increase the ability of our students to study effectively without the pangs of hunger as a distraction.