A SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAM BEGINS

The sweet taste of success!  On Monday, February 1, 2010, six mothers from the farming community of Guanwarre balanced 2 large kettles over wood fires, measured the rice, tomato paste, palm oil, and dried herrings. They then added some iodized salt and hot peppers in preparing the first of many midday meals for their new primary school.  One hundred twenty students each brought a stick of firewood and their own bowls in anticipation of a nutritious and filling lunch of Jollof Rice.  This was the successful culmination of our biggest project to date in Ghana.  Guanwarre students will receive lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for 25-30 weeks, depending on how many students attend school. The food costs for each lunch averages 25 cents. 

In a classroom at Guanwarre School

In a classroom at Guanwarre School

 

Home from the market with bags of rice and beans for the feeding program

Home from the market with bags of rice and beans for the feeding program

 

Tobiga Somtim and David Stone with Guanwarre students

Tobiga Somtim and David Stone with Guanwarre students

 

With the generosity of friends and family, we hope to raise additional money to buy food staples for the 2011 dry season school lunch program. In northern Ghana, fewer than 40% of primary school-aged children attend class. Low attendance is due to seasonal hunger, under-nutrition, and long travel distances on foot. We hope to boost attendance and readiness to learn through school lunch programs for very young elementary age village children.  Studies have shown that under-nutrition leads to both lower IQ and decreased earning ability as an adult[1].  A school feeding program can have significant impact in providing adequate nutrition for these children and their ability to contribute as adults. All donations are tax deductible. 

[1] Malnutrition Is Cheating Its Survivors, and Africa’s Future Published: Dec. 28, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/28/world/africa/28malnutrition.html?pagewanted=3&_r=1 

A common question
How much are administrative costs? 

There are no administrative costs.  David and Lisa pay all of their own costs – plane tickets, accommodation, food, and ground transportation.  Our goal is for all of the money raised to be used directly for food purchase, storage, and preparation. The women preparing the food will do so in exchange for getting a lunch for themselves and their children. 

Our best regards,
David Stone and Lisa Revell

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About yakote

The Yakote Women Farmers Association is made up of approximately 150 women who live in and near the village of Yakote in the far northeaster
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