Ending Malnutrition

It’s hard to learn on an empty stomach.

We fight immediate hunger and ensure children get the nutrition they need for proper development during the most critical years. When children have a daily breakfast, we’re able to double early childhood school enrollment, and parents don’t have to decide between paying school fees and feeding their children. As Dr. Norman Borlaug said, “You can’t build a peaceful world on empty stomachs and human misery.”

 

25 percent

In Ghana, 1 in 4 children under the age of five is stunted due to malnutrition.

2x more

The school feeding program doubles enrollment, so kids are both better nourished and better educated.

$55 changes a life

You can provide one year of breakfast for a child in the school feeding program. Click here to donate.

 

 “I endorse this project because it is a simple and practical solution to alleviating hunger. I recognize the benefits of QPM to young children in developing countries, where corn porridge is the typical weaning supplement. In addition, the project trains [local residents] to manage the feeding centers and includes an affordable and available food source that allows project sustainability.”

Dr. Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Combating hunger one breakfast at a time.

High protein breakfast porridge

The school feeding program provides children a free protein-rich daily breakfast porridge called “koko,” which is made from quality protein maize (QPM), sugar, water, and other nutritional supplements (when available).

Promoting community education and ownership

The community is responsible for providing three things to make this program work: labor to construct the kitchen, the QPM that goes into the porridge, and volunteer cooks (we call them caterers). Self-Help works with the community to create a sustainable system by offering agricultural training and input loans to help maximize yields. While some communities opt to designate a plot of land where a school garden can be cultivated, others rely on the chief or members of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) to grow and donate maize.

By collaborating with the community every step of the way, the school feeding program is able to meet immediate hunger and nutritional needs, while also improving food security for the long-term. The community takes ownership over the program, allowing us to keep costs low and ensure that the impacts will last long after we’re gone.

 

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