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Baja Food Insecurity Project

Prospective Students

Open to all majors!

Problem Statement

La Hacienda Orphanage needs support for children’s emotional guide for growth because children who got separated from their original families may have been traumatized by many factors.


Food Insecurity and Community Garden

  • Primary and secondary research about food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Personas 
  • Empathy maps
  • Interviewed with 5 community gardens in San Diego County, 3 K-12 schools 
  • Came up with the solution of community fridges but was unable to implement due to the restriction of the pandemic

Current Progress

  • Shifting our project towards our partner organizations current needs
  • Interview La Hacienda Orphanage and La Mision Children’s Fund
  • Problem statement clarification based on interviews
  • Research & design possible solutions
  • May or may not be continuing the work on food insecurity and utilizing the community gardens from Fall and Winter 2021

NGO Partner 

  • La Hacienda Orphanage: Take in children who come from difficult home environments and help put them through school and give them a better home environment that teaches them how to become upstanding citizens
  • La Mision Children’s Fund: Support fundamental needs for at-risk children and youth in Baja California comes out of a compassionate view of our surrounding community and those who do not have basic opportunities needed to sustain life. Has various programs that they are supporting, including a food bank and a clean water and energy initiative. Additionally, they support an educational program called BECA as well as the Nino Jesus orphanage.

Faculty Advisor

  • Dr. Geert Schmid-Schoenbein
  • Caitlyn Smith

Graduate Advisor

  • Michelle Bautista Layton

Current Team

  • Mahesh Hosangadi
  • Hedi Wang