Many of the school children suffer from malnutrition or inadequate nutrition and are unable to concentrate in school. For the majority of the children attending the school, the daily hot meal they receive there is the only nutritional meal of the day. Since 2008, the Government of Haiti ‘s (GOH) School Feeding Program provided rice and beans while the school assumed all other expenses (salaries for cooks, charcoal, meat and vegetables). From the beginning of its involvement, PHC’s additional support has been crucial to sustain the school’s feeding program.
At the start of school year 2014-2015 and with no prior warning, the GOH announced that henceforth its school feeding program would benefit only students attending public schools—this, in a nation where 90% of primary school students attend private schools. Due to the school’s limited resources, the children are now given only fruit juice and biscuits instead of the daily meal. Because many of the children arrive hungry in school, the lack of a daily nutritional daily meal is having a serious effect on their health and ability to learn.
Facts about nutrition in Haiti:
- 75% of children 6-24 months are anemic
- one out of every three children under five suffers from stunted growth
- one out of every four children is malnourished
- 59% of school-age children are iodine-deficient
Source: World Bank
Help us fill the void and provide daily hot meals for the children.