Although some Compassion centers in Brazil have reopened, some are in high-risk communities and must wait to open their doors. Children still at home battle boredom and fear, and Compassion staff are ministering proactively to these families.
One particular Compassion center came up with a creative idea to help families and give kids a fun activity: growing a home garden. The goal is to help families produce fruits and vegetables in their backyards to have a healthy diet and also to be able to sell for income.
“The children received the idea with great joy, curiosity and enthusiasm. In addition to helping the family's income, we hope to introduce healthy foods into each child's daily diet,” says Laura, a center volunteer.
More than 140 families have been gifted with orange, lemon, banana and other Brazilian fruit seedlings and seeds of vegetables, such as coriander, lettuce, cabbage, green onions, tomatoes and peppers.
“During the pandemic, I really like helping my mother at home. So it was a lot of fun to learn how to take good care of the plants in the vegetable garden. I hope to see them grow very quickly,” says 8-year-old Ivamberto, a Compassion-assisted child.
“It was so nice to receive the seeds. They are beautiful. I hope my tree will be very green and big, so I have to give it water and let it rest in the sun. I love nature, especially the birds,” says another Compassion-assisted child, 6-year-old Débora.