Inadequate access to nutritious food has a negative impact on child and youth development and learning. According to the World Food Program, there are 66 million school-aged children who attend classes hungry worldwide. As part of our Road Mapping process, we aim to build sustainable programmes that help communities become self-reliant and able to meet their own needs. To do this, we help communities source their own food for the daily meals they provide to students.
An example of this is in Emali, Kenya, where we encourage the production of drought-hardy crops and vegetables to supplement the diets of school-aged children. Orange-fleshed sweet potato, greens and eggs are now on the lunch menu for many students in Emali. To support this, ChildFund has fenced and irrigated gardens, built greenhouses, purchased chickens and trained community members on modern agricultural techniques.