Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID.
We provide nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch to the schools we serve through our food and nutrition program.
According to UNICEF, 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world. More than 90% are suffering long-term malnourishment and micronutrient deficiency. Hunger has physical and psychological effects on children that makes learning difficult. Being severely malnourished, to the of impaired brain development, can be the same as losing four grades of schooling. Approximately 171 million children in developing countries are stunted by hunger by the age 5. Stunting can affect a child’s cognitive abilities as well as their focus and concentration in school. As a result, stunted children are 19% less likely to be able to read by age eight. Conversely, good nutrition can be crucial preparation for good learning. As a result, not only will we provide an environment that is conducive to learning but we will also provide nutritious meals to ensure that children have all they need in order to reach their full potential.
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