Hungry children struggle in school until they drop out. Boys and young men then go to urban centres in search of work, leaving women to run their subsistence farms. Most women lack access to modern techniques and information, and yields are poor. This continues the cycle of malnourishment and dropping out.
Teachers in the Mbinga schools saw the disparity in their classrooms between the children who had lunch and who did not. Partnering with Chalice, they began a school lunch program, so that every student, sponsored or not, had a hearty lunch.
Today, more than 6000 children receive a free lunch every school day, all year. The schools have seen attendance climb and academic performance rise with it. The children are healthier and have the energy to focus on their studies as well as play sports.
The program has become so successful it has caused problems, because the attraction of the lunch program has caused new student enrollment to soar. The schools are stretched to provide a meal for the hundreds of new students who need it. Some parents are able to offer corn or beans from their farms, and many of the schools have gardens through Chalice’s school farming program; the demand is still higher than the supply. The site estimates this year there will be 10,000 children seeking a daily meal.
This year, the Mbinga site needs $10,000 to continue this program for all of the children. This will help them provide more than two million meals to children in great need.Funding Request: $10,000
Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other nutrition programs that need funding.