Enriching children’s lives in Uruguay
For many years, AAK Uruguay has been supporting
a local school that is situated in a low-income area
close to our production site. Every year, we think of
new ways in which we can work together to enrich
the children’s lives and help make the school a more
engaging and fun place to learn and grow.
At AAK Uruguay, we understand that importance of
giving our time and energy to the local community. One
of our most important projects is to support the public
primary school located near the AAK factory.
During 2018, we continued to work with the schoolchildren
in the vegetable garden, where we helped to
teach them how vegetables can contribute to a delicious
and healthy diet. On one occasion, we were very
fortunate to be joined by renowned Uruguayan chef,
Diego Ruete, who is well known for teaching children
the benefits of good gardening and cooking skills.
Learning through fun
With a very interesting and engaging approach,
Mr. Ruete first explained to the children how to use
vegetables in three different recipes, including his
famous “flying tortilla”. Once the fun and laughter had
subsided, we were all ready to start cooking. Mr. Ruete
gave an excellent speech about the importance of
washing your hands and vegetables thoroughly and
each student made their own vegetable stuffed bread.
We finished the session by giving each child several
gifts to take home, including an apron and a recipe
A space to learn and play
Additionally, during 2018 we began refurbishing a classroom
that had fallen into a very poor condition. When
completed, the room will be a huge improvement for the
school, as the children do not otherwise have a leisure
space for cold or rainy days. Working alongside the
school’s management team, we are preparing the room
to offer a wide variety of activities, including books, table
games and a projector.
Empowering a new generation
As we plan ahead for 2019, we aim to educate the
children through a “reduce, reuse and recycle” program.
We are currently working with environmental specialists
to make sure this is implemented in the most effective
way, so the children can take the knowledge home
and use it outside the school as well. The good work