In Northern Uganda malnutrition is depriving many children of the chance to a brighter future.
Due to the high cost of food, families are faced with the unfair decision to either send their children to school or put them to work to help feed the family. We are working with the local community around Awoo Primary School to create 40-acre farm that will support a school lunch program. The farm is built on land Awoo already owns and the crops provide the school’s 900 pupils with daily nutritious meals. This one meal eases the burden on families to provide their children with every meal, prevents hunger and malnutrition, and ultimately keeps the kids in school.
Community Involvement and Support
- As part of the sustainability and ownership of the project, parents contribute their labor to the farm’s upkeep
- Parents have committed 850 shillings per child in order to pay for cooks, purchase salt and buy any other unforeseen items that may be needed
- The parents also built a brand new kitchen on the school’s property
Successes to Date!
- The population of Awoo Primary School has grown from around 800 students to now over 900
- Teachers have reported that students’ concentration in class has greatly improved and the instances of aggressive behavior have been significantly reduced
- Students’ attention span has improved so significantly that school hours have been extended an extra hour each day