A nutritional program against hunger
Poverty and local circumstances, such as sandy earth impeding agriculture and plant growth, lead to massive hunger and malnutrition amongst children.
Philippines not only has to contend with natural disasters, but with an ailing economy as well. In Philippines, approximately one third of the 100 million inhabitants live below the poverty line. In many cases, family budgets are insufficient to cover childrens' nutritional needs, including students at San Roque Elementary School.
Severe consequences of malnutrition
When the human body, especially the brain, does not receive sufficient nutrients, negative effects on health and development ensue: stunted growth, increased risk of infection and impaired brain development. Thus, malnourished childrens' learning ability is permanently weakened.
Medical determination of malnutrition
In 2013, to promote childrens' healthy growth, the Child & Family Foundation started a nutrition program, involving parents and teachers alike. Entry into the nutrition program is based on results from a medical check-up which children undergo when school starts.
A warm meal during lunch as nourishment
Under this program, hungry and malnourished students receive a warm meal every lunchtime in school. In cooperation with teachers and parents, hungry and malnourished students receive a warm meal. This program benefits approximately 115 students each year.
The quality of life and academic achievements of the afflicted children has greatly improved thanks to the two programs," confirms School Principal Florena G. Delen.
Here students learn how to plant, tend and harvest organic fruit and vegetables. Unique to this cultivation project is active parental involvement, to learn how sustainable farming works. Furthermore, any excess of produce is given to the local population. Thanks to these measures, the nutritional status of many families in the region is greatly improved.