ChildFund and Fraterna’s training sessions have improved his knowledge and skills in growing food, says Americo. Through the sessions, he has also learnt which plants are most likely to thrive in the climate where he lives and which are also the most nutritious for his children.
“My children really love eating the vegetables that we grow because they know they contain vitamins and will help make our bodies strong,” Americo says. A favourite vegetable among his children is spinach.
ChildFund and Fraterna’s home gardens project is helping 350 families like Americo’s in remote and rural communities in Timor-Leste establish and maintain nutritious food gardens that are adaptable to the impacts of climate change. The aim of the project is to help provide disadvantaged families with a sustainable food and income source, so children can get the food they need to grow up healthy, and continue their education.