We are delighted with the success of the new nutrition programme at the school. It started in 2011 and we will continue it in 2012 for more than 1000 children. During the week the children get extra nutrition in the form of milk (cooked to sterilise it), boiled egg, banana and orange, orange drink or other local source of Vitamin C. The programme is a great success. Already we are noticing that many children are more attentive in class, and have brighter eyes and better skin condition. If there are any eggs or milk left over at the end of the day, it is never wasted. It is either given to some of the weaker students or to the teachers, who also often have poor diets and/or are hungry. This programme is being helped by a small Foundation in the US, although we are also hit by increasing food prices and so the project is costing more then we anticipated even 3 months ago! However the results are very worthwhile. the children still bring their own food for lunch, this programme is aimed to be a supplement and not a replacement. Another benefit is that we have recruited a mother of two children at the school to prepare the food, thereby creating a new job and helping another family.
The nutrition programme continues this year for more than 1000 children. If you would like to help support this, please let us know, or if you know of an organisation who would like to help this project to improve child health and ability to learn, we would be glad to hear from you.