Health and nutrition in Yucatan

Rudi, 9, lives with his family in a Mayan community village, in Yucatan State, Mexico.

In August 2015, a flood swept away the family’s crops and killed most of their animals, leaving them struggling to find enough to eat.

As part of our health and nutrition programme in the area, we’ve helped Rudi’s family build a garden. Now that they can grow their own fruit and vegetables, they have a more healthy and diverse diet.

Now, they grow chili, lettuce, tomatoes, mint, Chaya, onion, radish, coriander, tamarind, plums, pineapple, mango, bananas and papayas. They used to sell some of their products to the other members of the local community, but since the floods, nobody has the money to buy from them.

Rudi’s father, mother and brother, take care of the garden, while Rudi helps with feeding the animals, running errands and cleaning.

He enjoys watching his mum cook and loves traditional Mayan food. He is close to his grandfather who has been teaching him to make a wooden toy.

Rudi says that Save the Children’s programme has taught him about good hygiene and healthy nutrition. We also work with children and their parents to preserve and take pride in Mayan culture and traditions – a culture which is often discriminated against.

Your support helps children like Rudi get the healthy foods they need to grow and thrive.

In 2016, our health and nutrition programmes reached 14.7 million children. Find out more.