Neri* loves to spend his afternoons in the field. June 21, 2018 - Mexico
Neri's* favorite hobby is working in the fields.
A great achievement for NPH Mexico over the years has been our farm and the field. Here, we can produce meat, fruits and vegetables for self-consumption, which helps us to reduce the expenses for feeding our children and youth, mainly of our houses in Morelos.
Farm and field managers are expert employees in each area, and there are children who help in activities during the week; the role of children in the field has a big importance, as they learn the value of responsibility and learn to understand the way that food arrives on their plates.
For the past six months, Neri* has been visiting the field every afternoon to do his favorite activity within NPH: Help plant and harvest vegetables and fruits.
He came to NPH with five younger brothers and sisters. When he joined the NPH family, an academic evaluation was carried out for him, which revealed that Neri had a serious educational deficit, so his school level had to be adjusted. Neri is currently studying the sixth grade of primary school. Neri says that at NPH he knew an activity that he really loves: "What I like the most about NPH is being in the field, here I can relax and forget everything, they have taught me many things. I have planted cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, nopales and other vegetables. I really like being able to take care of them and watch them grow."
When interviewing Neri, we went through the tomato greenhouses that he has cared for since they were small seeds. Some tomatoes are already painted red, others are still green.
Neri teaches us some gardening techniques he uses in this stage, while he talks in a very mature way what working in the field has taught him. "What I have learned most is that if a person knows how to harvest his food, he will never be hungry. I think that this should be taught to all people, mainly the poor. If we had known before we arrived at NPH what I know now, we would not have suffered so much."
"When I came to NPH I never imagined that I would participate in the process of creating food, now when we go to eat nopales or some sauce I feel very proud of the months of effort I put into the food. It is very satisfying."
Before arriving at NPH, Neri lived in a situation of scarce resources. He tells us the difference between now the meals since he arrived in Miacatlán: "Often times, my mother did not have money to feed us, and I remember that we ate a lot of fried foods that filled us, but they were not healthy at all. We knew it, but we were smaller and we liked them. Now I know the importance of eating healthy, and it is what we have here at NPH every day."
*Names changed for privacy purposes.
Vanessa Cruz Communication Officer
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