Food security is one of the most difficult challenges for impoverished rural communities in East Africa to overcome. These communities are wholly dependent on farming for their livelihood, and many of them are subsistence farmers that depend on the weather to grow crops. Floods, droughts, disease and pests can perpetuate this problem.
In addition, many families that live in rural areas live near their land and far away from schools and hospitals. These people are the most vulnerable. Their children often walk 10-15 kilometers each way to and from school daily. Many of them get very little to eat.
At the request of the community, ACA Initiative has partnered with the school to provide food two times per day to 450 students ages 5-14. For many of these children, this is the only food they will eat all day.
Since we began this program in January of 2018, primary schools in Chumbi have seen a rise in attendance, especially from the outlying areas. Our goal is to expand the program to include more schools in the area, as well as making the meals more nutritious to prevent malnutrition and ensure healthy minds and bodies of the children of rural East Africa.
With your help, we can expand this program and offer children an opportunity to thrive and improve themselves. At ACA Initiative, we are all about providing opportunities to those that need them most and that opportunity here is to simply have a healthy meal.