In Northern Uganda malnutrition is depriving many children of the chance to a brighter futureDue 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 Okwir Primary School to create 20-acre farm that supports a school lunch program. The farm is built on land Okwir already owns and the crops provide the school’s 550 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 are asked to contribute 500 shillings for the hire of cooks
Successes to Date!
- The population of Okwir Primary School has grown from around 300 students to now over 550
- Teachers have reported that students’ concentration in class has greatly improved and the instances of aggressive behavior have been significantly reduced