Nutrition plays a significant role on physical and brain development. Today, more than 2 out of every 5 children in Ethiopia suffer from stunting as a result of malnutrition; 76% of malnourished children have problems in cognitive language, and behavioral development. Studies show that malnutrition in school aged children has a negative impact on their cognitive, academic and psychosocial development. Therefore, children who suffer from malnutrition struggle at school; they have lower arithmetic scores, they repeat grades and could have difficulty socializing with their peers. Many of the students we serve live at or below the poverty line and don’t have access to a consistent and dependable food supply, which makes them more susceptible to physical and mental underdevelopment. Our goal is to transition from our current snack program to a full breakfast and lunch program in order to combat malnutrition.
A healthy brain-boosting breakfast and lunch can make all the difference in ensuring proper brain development, leading to academic success and physical health. Our current snack program provides students with 5 snacks per week at a cost of $5 a month per student. As we transition from a snack to a full breakfast and lunch program, we aim to provide high quality, nutritious meals to support our students’ overall success in and out of the classroom. We believe that this will make sure that our students do not drop out of school due to hunger.
In 2017, we received a gift from the IF Foundation to update our kitchen, purchase equipment, train staff, and pilot a nutrition program, with goals to launch it school-wide. Each meal costs $0.35 which is $15 to provide meals (breakfast and lunch) for one student for an entire month. However, to continue, the cost of the program is $30,000 and will provide meals to 200 students in pre-K–6th grade for an entire year.
Your contribution would benefit Seeds by allowing our students to have nutritious, balanced meals, helping them excel both in and outside of the classroom. Please consider the following contributions to help us achieve our goal: