Let's take a break from Nepal for just a minute to celebrate summer with students from ICRI's Early Childhood Center in San Leandro, California.
ICRI was first invited to design this home-like child development center as the former corporate child care site for Otis Spunkmeyer, Inc. The company later donated the facility to ICRI, and it remains a high-quality center for both infants and young children from the local community.
The children and staff of the center tend their own organic vegetable garden. The children love planting in the garden, watching their crops grow, and eating lunches cooked with the resulting fresh produce. This summer there have been bumper crops of huge zucchini and string beans, which the children have nicknamed "Magic Beans" because their deep purple color turns green when cooked.