The Comedor Infantil was founded on November 17, 2009 by the Passionist Volunteers International of 2009-2010 in Talanga, Honduras. The Comedor Infantil is located in the community of Nuevo San Diego, one of the poorest communities in Talanga. The idea for the Comedor originated from the volunteers seeing children scavenging through a dumpster for food. Learning that the children were from the same community, the volunteers set out to address the obvious malnutrition that they were witnessing. The mission of the Comedor was to collaborate with the community of Nuevo San Diego and with the help of local donors in Talanga to provide one properly balanced meal daily Monday through Friday to the children living in the community. Children were selected from families based on need.
The Comedor is now sponsored by Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH and Comedor) , and oversight for the Comedar has been given to a local board of directors that all share an interest in addressing the struggles of hunger and malnutrition that exists in Nuevo San Diego. The mothers of the children and the community of Nuevo San Diego also continue to play an important role in the work of the Comedor.
On the first day of the Comedor, 12 children aged 4 to 6 were served; the program now serves more than 40 children daily, aged 3 to 10. Services at the comedor have increased and have included medical attention, classes for illiterate mothers, a weekly sewing class for mothers, haircuts and trips to a farm and a river. All of the children enrolled in comedor of eligible age are now in school.
Two years after the official opening of the Comedor Infantil, the lunch program continues to thrive, serving food and giving love to children of the community!
Happy Anniversary Comedor Infantil!
Enjoy a video made shortly after the founding of the Comedor in 2009:
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