May 1, 2014
By Simon Chambers
For many students in Haiti, the hot lunch provided by PWRDF at their school is the only food they will have that day. In fact, in many cases, it’s the reason they attend school at all. If lunch wasn’t provided, the children would be at home, helping their families to try to have enough food to eat. Instead, they are able to go to school and learn, an action that helps them improve their own lives.
“Some like it Hot,” says +Fred in his latest statement for the FredSays food security campaign. “Let’s remember the children in Haiti, for whom a hot lunch is not just something they’d like, but something they absolutely need.”
Students receive a lunch of rice and beans, supplemented with vegetables either grown at the school or purchased locally. On market days, some fish might also be added to the meal. Students report that they are able to focus on their studies when they aren’t concentrating on the ache in their empty bellies. As a result of the program, enrollment is up, as are success rates for the students.
The program provides more than just nutrition- schools are provided with water purification tablets, soap and hand towels, as well as hygiene education for staff to help keep the staff and students healthy and prevent cholera and other water-borne diseases.
The meals are cooked by volunteers who often walk hours to get to the school each day, spend 11 hours cooking, serving and cleaning up the meal, and then walk home again. When asked why they do this every day, they replied simply, “Because of the children, who now come to school.”
A gift of $50 can provide a hot lunch each day for the whole school year for a student. To learn more about this and the other “Fredisms”, please visit FredSays.ca.