Malnutrition Eradication

Malnutrition Eradication
Through School Lunches Program

Many children in Nepal attend school hungry, if they attend school at all. It’s not uncommon for children to walk long distances to get to school on an empty stomach, and then have no energy to focus on their classes. Many children go 6 hours or more without food. For as little as $4 a month, we can feed one child a healthy school lunch of local, indigenous foods, as well as a glass of hot milk and a high protein biscuit and piece of fruit.

According to The World Bank, 60 million children around the world go to school hungry everyday. Providing a lunch program is a huge factor in helping children not only be healthier but stay in school, as they are better able to focus, retain knowledge and miss less school due to illness.

The school we are working with is located in Gorkha District in central Nepal. It is a 6 hour drive from Kathmandu and another 3 hours walking. The school has 200 students and, of those, we are helping support 50 at the moment to have lunch. Most of the lunch students are girls of the Dalit (untouchable) caste. It’s difficult get parents to send their girl children to school, as in countries like Nepal and India, girls are considered second class citizens and have responsibilities around the home. The lunch program is an added incentive for parents to keep their children in school, as they stay healthier and the parents don’t have to worry so much about where a meal comes from each day. Most Nepalese live from day to day,and many who do not own land to grow food themselves, go hungry when they do not have work. It is an endless cycle of poverty and despair. Keeping girls in school and ensuring they receive proper nutrition is of benefit to everyone in society.