Mano de Leon, is a rural indigenous community of Mayan families accessible by foot, motor scooter and 4 wheel drive. The community grows primarily corn. Their goal is to become self sustaining so that they don't have to rely on "hand outs" like food boxes. The donated fruit trees will provide a more varied diet and income to buy food.
Up the Mountain
Children carry the fruit trees (lemon, lime, orange, apple, peach, avocado and fig) up the mountain to Mano de Leon about a two to three hour walk round trip.
Distributing the Fruit Trees
The women of the Mano de Leon community wait in line to receive fruit trees.
Contento chooses a fig tree.
Packing the Trees
Packing the trees for the ride up the mountain on a motor scooter.
Mano de Leon Community School
The community has one teacher for children grades one through three. The older children walk down the mountain to attend school.