GROW Month is going strong and continues to raise awareness about the programs that raise the quality of life for our banana growing communities. Customers want to purchase from brands that make a difference. Customers also want to know that the programs they support have longevity and impact.
GROW by Organic Unlimited has been very successful and has expanded its programs since the time of its inception. Most people know about the large programs GROW sponsors such as education scholarships, clean water and more, but did you know that throughout the years GROW has sponsored many different initiatives? Here is a timeline of some GROW programs that many people may not know about:
|2006||GROW Program Starts|
|2007||Dental Program Begins||Children and parents are taught about healthy toothbrushing habits.|
|Cyber Center is Initiated||Desk computers are set up.|
|2008||Vitamin Program||Children are taught the importance of nutrients and vitamins are distributed.|
|2009||Drinking Fountains||Clean-water fountains are distributed to schools.|
|Mini-Libraries||200 books are distributed to schools and libraries.|
|2010||Book Drive||Books are given to individual children for personal reading.
Over 2,000 books are distributed to schools.
|2011||Vision Program Begins||Vision exams and reading glasses are given to the community.|
|Clothing Drive||Clothing is distributed to members of the community.|
|2012||Book Drive||Books are distributed to remaining country schools.|
|2014||Vision Clinic||Vision clinics are expanded. More people receive glasses and eye-exams.|
|2015||Clean City Campaign||Volunteers clean city streets and educate local population about the importance of clean streets.|
|Health Campaign||Crutches, a wheel chair and a stretcher on wheels donated to local health clinic.|
|2016||Beach Cleaning||Students cleaned beaches and were taught about conservation efforts.|
|2017||Powdered Milk Campaign||Powdered milk was subsidized to needy families.|
|Books and Toys||Reference books and learning toys for the education center.
|GROW Health Program||Campaign to educate people with chronic diseases on how to improve their lifestyle.
|Dental Health Program||Students with dental issues are given dental attention.|
|2018||Maintenance Program||Painting, roof repairs, adding of a patio roof and yard work done.|
|Health and Empowerment||5-day workshop is hosted and attended by 25 community women
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This week Organics Unlimited received program updates as well as some great photos from Children International, they manage our GROW funds in Ecuador. Since GROW month is in full swing, we felt that it would be a perfect time to share these photos. Seeing how much joy and hope is made possible from something as simple as the purchase of an organic GROW banana is something to be shared and celebrated. It is thanks to you and your customers that stories such as the ones below are made possible.
Healthy Habits Program
- Young Pedro Barzola learns the importance of properly washing his hands during the Global Handwashing Day in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The Grow Fund partners with Children International to teach healthy habits to thousands of children.
- Children International-Guayaquil has partnered with The Grow Fund to provide support to 300 children who have been identified as underweight and malnourished. Children and their families are given nutritional counseling and classes that show them the importance of healthy cooking and eating.
- The Children International Aflateen Program teaches youth life skills such as self-knowledge, personal rights, savings and budgeting skills, responsible citizenship and the need to understand social issues. The Grow Fund is an important partner for this program, which enables young people to grow into responsible adults!
- The English Tutoring Program in Guayaquil-Ecuador provides interactive and participatory classes to help students learn the English language and perform better in a classroom situation. The Grow Fund is an important partner in this pilot program!