What’s your favourite thing to eat? Ivana likes to eat eggs, but she hasn’t always had enough to eat.
Ten-year-old Ivana lives in Bolivia, a country in South America. Her home is in a very beautiful region, deep in the Amazon rainforest – with trees, birds and animals all around.
The rainforest is very important; it’s important for Ivana because she grows her food there, and it’s important for the world because the trees in the forest help to make oxygen, which we all need to breathe.
Ivana likes living in the rainforest: ‘There are animals we can hunt, fruit we can eat, and when we need it we can use the wood.’
But life has been hard for Ivana and her family too – sometimes they have not had enough to eat, because the forest flooded or because it was too dry and fires destroyed the trees and crops.
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The charity Christian Aid, and an organisation called CIPCA, work with families like Ivana’s to find ways to make sure they have a supply of food all through the year. They have given the families hens and sheep and taught them how to look after them. These animals provide the families with meat and eggs.
Ivana says: 'We eat lots of eggs. I like fried! Sometimes we swap eggs for sugar and bananas. It is better now we have hens because we can buy more to eat.'
The families have also been shown how to look after the cocoa plants that grow around them. Cocoa can be used to make yummy chocolate, which can then be sold or swapped for things like rice, oil and sugar.
Ivana says: ‘Chocolate is important because we can sell it and buy the other food we need. I like hot chocolate, it’s nice.’
Eggs and chocolate have helped Ivana’s community make huge changes to their lives. The future looks better for them, with a full and healthy diet.
What foods do you like eating?