MESA alumni Gustavo Torres and Alexandra Córdova have teamed up to address the issue of nutrition in the Canduya region, Bolívar province of Ecuador. Their project benefits the students of the Manuel Páliz School in Canduya and their families. Alexandra and Gustavo teach vegetable gardening using sustainable farming techniques. A key goal of their curriculum is to communicate the importance of eating vegetables. Crop propagation workshops in the garden are organized for children and their parents, and the food produced is used at the Manuel Paliz Elementary School to help supply the school lunch program.