Municipalidades firman convenio para transferencia del programa Mejores Familias

“Better families” a social program developed by the Guatemalan Sugar Industry that promotes food and nutritional security, will be implemented by local governments

Municipalidades firman convenio para transferencia del programa Mejores Familias

“Better families” a social program developed by the Guatemalan Sugar Industry

that promotes food and nutritional security, will be implemented by local governments

The Guatemalan Sugar Industry, through their Sugar Foundation – Fundazucar-, signed a cooperation agreement with municipal authorities of the sixth bigger department of Guatemala, called Escuintla for the transfer of the methodology of the Better Families program, which promotes food security and nutrition, as well as the empowerment of women as agents of change and catalyst for development.

Better Families is a program certified by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education and promotes the training of women for behavior change from the individual, family and community level, recognizing in her a key agent to promote the improvement of health and nutritional status of the family, especially of the children.

The Better Families program has empowered and trained more than 532,000 women since its implementation in 1998. Due to the positive results, it was transferred to the Government of Honduras and was implemented twice as a public policy of the State in Guatemala. Likewise, 14 companies, foundations and international organizations have carried it out in different areas of the country with the aim of reducing chronic child malnutrition.

The objective of this cooperation agreement is to replicate this social program that provides education to women, so they get to know practices for the proper selection, preparation, and consumption of food. As well as educating mothers in preventive health with sustainable actions to improve the conditions of their children, family, and community. Through this program, the implementation of inter-institutional coordination mechanisms for Food and Nutrition Security in the signatory municipalities is facilitated.

The agreement was signed by the mayors of four municipalities of the Department of Escuintla in the South of Guatemala, as well as by Luis Miguel Paiz, General Manager of the Guatemalan Sugar Producers Association and Maria Silvia Pineda Molina, Executive Director of Fundazucar.

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Facilitadoras de Fundazúcar reciben reconocimiento en el marco de la Conmemoración del Día de la Mujer

Facilitators from Fundazucar received recognition within the framework of the Commemoration of Women’s Day

Facilitadoras de Fundazúcar reciben reconocimiento en el marco de la Conmemoración del Día de la Mujer

Facilitators from Fundazucar received recognition

within the framework of the Commemoration of Women’s Day

The team of facilitators of the Sugar Foundation -Fundazucar- received recognition for their struggle, courage, and contribution to society, within the framework of the Commemoration of International Women’s Day. The recognition was presented on March 6th by a Branch Chamber of Commerce of the House of Culture of Guatemala in Los Angeles, California.

This recognition reinforces the commitment of the entire Fundazucar team to promote development on the South of the country, especially Guatemalan women, as agents of change for the development and well-being of their families and their communities.

The ceremony was held at the facilities of the Art and Culture Center of the city of Mazatenango, Suchitepequez department of the South of Guatemala. The Suchitepequez Branch Chamber of Commerce gave awards to outstanding women of the department, for their contribution to society, constant struggle, effort, strength and for being an example of inspiration to other women to play a leading role in the construction of the society.

Empowering women with the Better Families program

Through Fundazucar, the Guatemalan Sugar Industry has promoted social programs focused on the areas of health, education, and municipal strengthening, aimed to women, youth, teachers, health workers, community leaders and municipal authorities.

The Better Families Program is an innovative model that promotes Food and Nutrition Security by fostering self-confidence, self-management, and leadership in women. The program places women as the catalyst for development of their families and communities. It also fosters behavioral change and empowerment, which makes a direct impact in the reduction of chronic child malnutrition by up to 7%.

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Segunda entrega de insumos a salubristas en 2021

1,834 personal protection kits delivered to health workers on the South of Guatemala

Segunda entrega de insumos a salubristas en 2021

1,834 PERSONAL PROTECTION KITS DELIVERED

TO HEALTH WORKERS ON THE SOUTH OF GUATEMALA

Since January, through Fundazucar, the Guatemalan Sugar Industry has delivered 1,834 kits to 917 health service workers on the South of the country.

This week delivered 917 personal protection kits, consisting of: 4 masks KN95, 2 gowns, 3 pairs of gloves and 1 face shield, for the same number of health workers. This in support to personnel in first line of combat against COVID-19.

So far this year there have been two deliveries of supplies by the sugar mills, in January and March, to support the care and health care of people who attend consultations.

They also donated 191 gallons of antibacterial soap and 191 gallons of alcohol gel to 65 health services in 5 departments of the South of Guatemala.

Likewise, the Guatemalan Sugar Industry has donated 669 gallons of alcohol to 26 municipalities.

Last year, the sugar mills delivered 2,751 kits to 917 health services workers on the same region.

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Mantas vinilicas prevencion COVID-19 -Fundazucar

In 2020, Fundazucar’s social programs focused on the fight against COVID-19

Mantas vinilicas prevencion COVID-19 -Fundazucar

In 2020, Fundazucar’s social programs focused

on the fight against COVID-19

Last year was difficult due to the beginning of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, so the Guatemalan Sugar Industry, through its Sugar Foundation -Fundazucar-, has demonstrated its commitment to Guatemalans.

917 health workers received 3 personal protection kits

Since the beginning of the health emergency, the Guatemalan Sugar Industry focused on supporting the efforts of health workers who are on the front line in the fight against COVID-19 and in 2020, through Fundazucar, delivered 2,751 kits for the same number of health service workers on the South of Guatemala.

The kits included 4 KN95 masks, 2 gowns, 3 pairs of gloves, and 1 face shield. 48 health services of 5 departments of the South of the country were also benefited with alcohol, antibacterial gel and disposable paper towels.

In addition, in coordination with Health Area Directorates, 499 workers from 65 health services were trained on issues of prevention and care against COVID-19.

540 public workers trained to prevent COVID-19 in markets and plazas

The Guatemalan Sugar Industry through their social arm, Fundazucar, joined with the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT) to train 540 public workers from 25 municipalities with the purpose of supporting them in the implementation of measures to prevent COVID-19 in markets and plazas.

Also, Fundazucar delivered supplies for attention and prevention of COVID-19 to 25 municipalities on the South of Guatemala for visitors of markets and plazas. In total, 7,284 surgical masks and 693 gallons of glycerinated alcohol were donated during the year.

1,080 community leaders trained in social development with an emphasis on COVID-19 prevention

The Communities in Development program of the Sugar Foundation, was adapted to the context of the pandemic. To do this, Fundazucar trained 1,080 community leaders from 143 communities on the South of Guatemala in 7 topics of social development in prevention of COVID-19.

This program promotes community participation through the local Community Development Committees –COCODE- aimed at planning the social and economic development of their communities.

With the advice of Fundazucar, the communities prepared their annual planning, this time the main component was the fight against COVID-19, this as part of a long-term plan for Comprehensive Community Development.

Prevention campaign against COVID-19 on the South of Guatemala

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is still present in the country and to prevent further infections, Fundazucar has carried out a prevention campaign in municipalities on the South Coast of Guatemala.

In 143 communities, posters were placed with the protocols recommended by the Ministry of Health and Social Assistance and with key prevention and mitigation messages were installed in 44 markets and squares of 25 municipalities on the South of Guatemala with the aim of supporting municipal authorities with strategies to minimize infections in their municipalities.

In addition, prevention messages were transmitted through vehicle-mounted loudspeaker in 26 municipalities of the South Coast of Guatemala with the aim of recall community members to continue with the prevention and mitigation measures of COVID-19 and not relax in the face of the increase in cases while continuing with their daily activities.

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Sugar mills donated personal protective equipment to health workers

The Guatemalan Sugar Industry donates protection equipment against COVID-19 to health workers

Sugar mills donated personal protective equipment to health workers

The Guatemalan Sugar Industry donates protection equipment

against COVID-19 to health workers

COVID-19 pandemic continues and the Guatemalan Sugar Industry through their Sugar Foundation -Fundazucar- maintains its support to health workers, and this week 917 personal protection kits were delivered in the South of Guatemala consisting of: 4 masks KN95, 2 gowns, 3 pairs of gloves and 1 face shield, for the same number of health workers.

To support the health and care of people who attend consultations, the Guatemalan Sugar Industry also donated 96 gallons of antibacterial gel soap, 96 gallons of alcohol and 65 boxes of disposable paper towels to 65 health services of 5 departments from the South of Guatemala.

Likewise, the Guatemalan Sugar Industry donated 442 gallons of alcohol to 26 municipalities.

Since the beginning of the health emergency, the Guatemalan Sugar Industry focused on supporting the efforts of health workers who are on the front line in the fight against COVID-19 and, in 2020, through Fundazucar, the sugar mills delivered 2,751 kits for health workers.

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Cierre de la Gran Cruzada Nacional por la Nutrición 2020

Crusade for Nutrition in Guatemala reached more than 9,900 children with the assistance of the Sugar Foundation

Cierre de la Gran Cruzada Nacional por la Nutrición 2020

Crusade for Nutrition in Guatemala reached more than 9,900 children

with the assistance of the Sugar Foundation

The Sugar Foundation -Fundazucar- supported the Great National Crusade for Nutrition in Guatemala after signing an alliance with the Secretariat of Food and Nutrition Security of Guatemala -Sesan- and the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance -MSPAS-, in which more than 9 thousand children were tested to detect cases of malnutrition.

This strategic alliance made possible the detection of cases of acute malnutrition in boys and girls; and to achieve so, Fundazucar formed brigades to search for such cases in four departments of the South of Guatemala between August and December 2020.

Fundazucar’s brigades reached 112 communities located in 16 municipalities on the South of Guatemala where they tested 9,919 children for signs of malnutrition.

After the tests, 65 cases of children with acute malnutrition were detected, their mothers received a food plan through a nutritionist, counseling, and the children are now under the surveillance of the Government Ministry of Health, with weight and height monitoring.

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Programas sociales de Fundazúcar son certificados y acreditados

The Social Programs of the Sugar Foundation were certified and accredited

Programas sociales de Fundazúcar son certificados y acreditados

The Social Programs of the Sugar Foundation

were certified and accredited

The Social Programs, implemented by the Sugar Foundation of the Guatemalan Sugar Industry were certified and accredited for a period of five years by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education. The programs are aligned with the SDG´s of the United Nations.

These programs have been translated in more than 532,000 women empowered and trained in food security and development for their family and community; 26,837 youngsters empowered, since 2015, to be leaders and responsible citizens; 10,500 teachers from the South of Guatemala trained annually, benefiting more than 300,000 students; 5,390 community leaders have participated in the formulation and monitoring of 406 Comprehensive Community Development Plans that have benefited hundreds of residents of communities on the South Coast of Guatemala, during 19 years; 2,529 women and 1,612 municipal employees have been trained with this program between 2016 and 2018.

This success has made companies and organizations hire these services to implement them in areas of their interest, with which the work of Corporate Social Responsibility multiplies, for more information on how to be a Social Investor visit: http://www.fundazucar.org/programs?lang=en

The programs

The name of the programs are: Generation 15-30Better familiesProcaps and Pedagogical CoachingHealth comes firstBetter communitiesParticipatory Municipal Development y Communities in development. These certifications and accreditations ensure educational quality of the social programs according to the standards of the Government of Guatemala through the Ministry of Education.

The now certified and accredited programs are focused on 65 municipalities and are aligned with public policies. The main objective of these is local development promoting citizen participation and strengthening local authorities.

The main actors are the same citizens, young people, women, teachers, health workers, community leaders and municipal authorities who, through the programs, are contributing to the well-being of their community.

Given the global and national scenario of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Foundation adapted social programs according to the needs posed by the health emergency. This has made it possible to reinforce the development strategy that has been executed in line with local public policies.

However, due to the positive results of the programs, they continue through individuals and / or companies that have made the decision to replicate the Fundazucar Programs with their own resources in the geographic areas of their interest, who are called “Social investors”. If there is interest in replicating the model, you can contact the Sugar Foundation at +502 22158000 for more information.

Since 1990, Fundazucar has promoted programs with a model of social investment where citizens themselves manage their resources for the benefit and development of their community.

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Diplomado en Gestión Municipal

Guatemalan Sugar Foundation began Municipal Management training including mitigation against COVID-19

Diplomado en Gestión Municipal

Guatemalan Sugar Foundation began Municipal Management training

including mitigation against COVID-19

The Sugar Foundation -Fundazucar- and the School of Government inaugurated on December the Municipal Management training aimed at 50 municipal public officials, to strengthen their competencies and technical and administrative skills to face effectively, efficiently, and successfully the challenges of public and political management for the continuous improvement of the economic indicators of the South of Guatemala, and to help the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic.

During the inauguration Alfredo Vila, president of the Guatemalan Sugar Producers Association -Asazgua-, mentioned that it was a pride to inaugurate this training that is so important for the growth of the participants’ communities, emphasizing that municipal development is fundamental for Guatemala.

The training will be held by the School of Government with the support of Fundazucar and began on December 4th, 2020 and will end on August 13th, 2021. In 30 sessions of 2 hours each, the following topics will be addressed: Mitigation measures against COVID-19; Municipal management, inspection, transparency, and accountability; Municipal planning and management for results; and Attractive municipalities for investment.

Municipal Management training is part of the Thematic Component for the Sustainability of Governance of Fundazucar, which promotes the strengthening of local institutions such as the Municipal Corporation. The coverage of this intervention reaches 26 municipalities and approximately 900 municipal workers are trained, from different administrative and technical areas of the Municipal Corporation.

In his speech, Luis Miguel Paiz, general manager of Asazgua, stressed that “for the Guatemalan Sugar Industry it is important to strengthen local institutions and that is why we believe that this type of training can help us to collaborate with Guatemala’s development”.

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Entrega de insumos para salubristas

Sugar mills donate 917 kits and supplies for health workers to protect themselves from COVID-19

Entrega de insumos para salubristas

FUNDAZUCAR delivers 917 kits and supplies

donated by the sugar mills to health workers

The Guatemalan Sugar Industry through the Sugar Foundation –Fundazucar– show solidarity with Guatemalans in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and donate 917 kits for workers at health centers in the South of Guatemala, which consist of 4 masks KN95, 2 gowns, 3 pairs of gloves and 1 face mask.

The sugar mills will also donate 94 gallons of antibacterial gel soap and 96 gallons of alcohol to health posts. In the same way, 152 gallons of alcohol will be donated to 17 municipalities.

Additionally, disposable paper towels will be donated to 48 health services in the 5 departments.

These supplies will allow health workers to carry out their tasks more safely and can better prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Also as part of the changes brought about by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Fundazúcar has adapted social programs and focused its work on training municipal workers, sanitation workers and community leaders, key actors in the prevention of COVID-19 and to promote local development processes.

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Cruzada por la nutrición

Fundazucar joins the Guatemalan Great National Crusade for Nutrition

Cruzada por la nutrición

FUNDAZUCAR joins the Guatemalan Great National Crusade for Nutrition

Fundazucar, the social arm of the Guatemalan Sugar Industry, joined the Great National Crusade for Nutrition by signing a letter of understanding with the Secretariat of Food and Nutrition Security of Guatemala – Sesan -. With this alliance, Fundazucar will help facilitate nutritional counseling in the departments of the South of Guatemala.

The detection of cases is led by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) with the support of the Sesan. Its goal is to serve 100% of the girls and boys under 5 years of age diagnosed with malnutrition acute, moderate or severe.

Fundazucar and Sesan come together with the aim of contributing jointly to the active search for cases of girls and boys with acute malnutrition. Fundazucar will form brigades to develop the active search in 57 municipalities in the south of the country, in which it has a presence with the Communities in Development program.

Alfredo Vila, president of the Guatemalan Sugar Association – Asazgua -, stated: “The Foundation has been collaborating since 1998 with food security, and this event allows us to participate and collaborate with the goals proposed by the Guatemalan Government.

Also, Maria Silvia Pineda, representative of Fundazucar, highlighted that as a productive sector representing the Guatemalan sugar mills, it is expected to be an instrument of collaboration and integration of efforts.

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