Emergency School Lunches

Emergency School Lunches
May 23, 2022
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In 2020, teachers at the Patrice Lumumba School noticed that children were arriving in the morning listless and that many were falling asleep during class.

Upon further inquiry, they realized that students were being sent to school hungry. The current gang wars, political upheavals, and the subsequent tanking of the economy were causing parents to slide deeper into poverty.

When we reached out to potential donors, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s War on Hunger Group (OECD-WHG) immediately came forward. Their multi-year grant helped set up a kitchen in the school’s yard and purchase food to provide 300 nutritious meals to the 274 students, their teachers, and the staff. The meals are cooked by volunteer mothers of students attending the school - their ongoing support has proved life-saving.  


So far, the project has served 73,680 meals and will pass the 100,000 mark next academic year 2022-2023.  Feeding the students has increased school attendance and significantly improved the results of success in the national exams.