GROW by Organics Unlimited Supports Project Amigo through Grant

DSCF0122As most Organics Unlimited retailers and distributors know, a percentage derived from the purchase of each box of GROW organic bananas is earmarked for the GROW Fund. The GROW Fund was created in 2005 to allow Organics Unlimited and its customers to give back to the communities near Organics Unlimited’s banana farms. Over the past decade, through retailer and distributor support, GROW organic banana purchases have provided over $2 million in aid for these communities in Mexico and Ecuador.

Organics Unlimited and GROW have been longtime supporters of Project Amigo, a nonprofit that helps provide access to education for youth in the state of Colima, Mexico. We are pleased to announce that Organics Unlimited has approved a grant of $150,000 to Project Amigo for 2016 program support.

This grant will provide much-needed funding for many of Project Amigo’s programs. It will give educational scholarships to 27 children within the Colima area as well as provide leadership and personal development training to poor rural youth to prepare them for occupational success. There are 119 students in Project Amigo’s scholarship program in 2016, including the 27 students sponsored by the GROW Fund.

The 2016 grant will also provide funding for other educational programs and regular community health, education and service offerings that Project Amigo administers, such as:

  • The purchase of fortified, powdered milk from a federal milk program that, as part of their community service, Project Amigo scholars sell at a discounted rate to low-income families.
  • Once-a-month community education classes on topics such as nutrition, literacy and basic mathematics.
  • School improvements such as replacing broken windows and screens, purchasing chairs and tables, new computers, installing internet access, textbooks, sports equipment and building infrastructure upgrades.
  • GROW Study Center maintenance and monthly expenses such as telephone and Internet access, wages for the center director, roof repair and supplies.
  • Operational costs of Casa Amiga, which provides room and board for GROW scholars attending the University of Colima, including three meals a day, internet access, 24-hour supervision from a housemother, tutoring and more.
  • Emergency aid in the event of a natural disaster to assist with school and community repairs (these funds are granted from a designated GROW sub-fund for disaster relief).

To donate or learn more about GROW by Organics Unlimited, please visit http://donate.icfdn.org/.

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