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Ixil Mayan Families in Gardening Training
Ixil Mayan Families in Gardening Training

Our partner ASO-Ixil held an initial training for vegetable gardening program participants yesterday in Chajul, Guatemala. I wanted to share with you, as supporters, some wonderful photos from that event. 

Our friend Janet who provides essential US-based support for this project explains:

"None of the women in this training for the vegetable gardens can read or write.  Manuel (Director of ASO-Ixil) has experience and training in teaching illiterate people who only speak the Ixil language."  So this training is in Ixil, with colorful powerpoint photos to teach those who do not read or write , but are very skilled at listening and interpreting visuals.

In US schools only 10% of students learn primarily through listening.  I think the board has put together a really skillful approach to training: with a combination of visuals and lessons in their own Ixil language, with follow up in their own Ixil language as they receive instruction in the gardens. As these beneficiaries have never had the opportunity to attend school, it is exciting and important for them to be attending this training in a high school classroom."

30 initial families have been selected to receive vegetable gardening support in the form of seeds, tools, fertilizers, and training. Each receives a cost subsidy of 25-75% based on their needs. 

Because much of the vegetable growing will be by women, their small children are with them in the training room. In the first photo, these children are receiving orange juice from SPI representative Carla Rosemary Rodriguez. 

Classroom - Chajul, Guatemala.

Classroom - Chajul, Guatemala.

Classroom - Chajul, Guatemala

Classroom - Chajul, Guatemala

The next generation.

The next generation.

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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.