We fight immediate hunger and ensure children get the nutrition they need for proper development during the most critical years. When children have a daily breakfast, we’re able to double early childhood school enrollment, and parents don’t have to decide between paying school fees and feeding their children. As Dr. Norman Borlaug said, “You can’t build a peaceful world on empty stomachs and human misery.”
Combating hunger one breakfast at a time.
High protein breakfast porridge
The school feeding program provides children a free protein-rich daily breakfast porridge called “koko,” which is made from quality protein maize (QPM), sugar, water, and other nutritional supplements (when available).
Promoting community education and ownership
The community is responsible for providing three things to make this program work: labor to construct the kitchen, the QPM that goes into the porridge, and volunteer cooks (we call them caterers). Self-Help works with the community to create a sustainable system by offering agricultural training and input loans to help maximize yields. While some communities opt to designate a plot of land where a school garden can be cultivated, others rely on the chief or members of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) to grow and donate maize.
By collaborating with the community every step of the way, the school feeding program is able to meet immediate hunger and nutritional needs, while also improving food security for the long-term. The community takes ownership over the program, allowing us to keep costs low and ensure that the impacts will last long after we’re gone.
Read a story about ending malnutrition.
Comfort and I were thrilled that God finally blessed us with a daughter after two sons. But our hope was short-lived. At three years old, she could hardly talk or walk properly. It was difficult for her to mingle with her peers. We feared she was deaf. We began moving from one prayer camp to another, asking God for a miracle. Then Self-Help came to Beposo and a staff member told us about the feeding program.
“I endorse this project because it is a simple and practical solution to alleviating hunger. I recognize the benefits of QPM to young children in developing countries, where corn porridge is the typical weaning supplement. In addition, the project trains [local residents] to manage the feeding centers and includes an affordable and available food source that allows project sustainability.”