Dateline Mexico: Feel, Imagine, Do & Share

Design for Change Mexico is an initiative that gives children the opportunity to express their ideas for a better world and to put them into action. Through four simple concepts - Feel, Imagine, Do, and Share, children from more than 30 countries are driving the change they want to see in their schools and communities.

Design for Change Mexico is supported by the Monsanto Fund and lead by EducarUno Foundation. Elementary and middle schools nationwide are encouraged to see beyond their location, their socioeconomic level or type of education and say “I Can.” By the end of 2011, more than 430,000 students have been able to change their lives and say, “I Can.”

“Design for Change Mexico changes lives,” Erika Campuzano, corporate communications manager, Monsanto Latin America, said. “With our methodology, children and teenagers learn to be self-sufficient. They learn how to change those things that bother them every day and to be able to do something about it.”

Promoting Sustainability in Mixteca Communities

Through the Backyard Food Production Program of the Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Mixteca (IDM), dozens of families have found relief from malnutrition.

With a $100,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, this program provides families in the rural communities of Oaxaca, Puebla and Guerrero, Mexico, a package containing resources to raise chickens and grow fruits and vegetables in their own backyards. Additionally, the project provides malnutrition workshops to mothers and children based on what they are able to raise.

The program has not only educated families on nutrition and given them the resources to combat hunger, but also has helped unify families by teaching them to work together to grow their food. The malnutrition workshops were delivered to 10,000 children and mothers, and more than 100 families received the backyard growing systems.