Organics Unlimited GROW scholars and volunteers are mobilizing as community health promoters to educate residents in Cerro de Ortega, Colima, Mexico on disease prevention, health and well-being. The mobile health initiative funded by GROW and run by the local health center, gives pre-college young adults and GROW grant recipients the opportunity to make a difference in their neighborhoods by promoting healthy communities. This is done by distributing brochures and discussing health practices and preventative measures against major diseases, such as information on vaccinations as well as procedures for fighting dengue fever, zika virus and chikungunya – all of which have spread to epidemic proportions in the area during previous summers. Volunteers also distribute over-the-counter health aids such as electrolyte beverages and participate in health educational seminars to provide the most accurate information to the public.
Organics Unlimited is proud to fund these type of social responsibility initiatives with revenue coming from sales of its GROW organic bananas. GROW proceeds benefit not only Organics Unlimited farm workers, but all residents of the communities in its banana-growing regions in Mexico and Ecuador. The funds also provide higher education assistance for junior high school students, student housing for qualified college students, early childhood education, milk programs for children and clean water filtration and storage.
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