While primary education (Grades 1 to 6) is available tuition-free in Haiti, students are required to wear uniforms and shoes. Kids whose parents cannot afford these items simply do not go to school. Many of those who are in school are severely malnourished as their parents spend the little they have on the required uniforms and shoes. These children go to school so hungry they are not able to pay attention to what they are being taught, so they learn very little.
In 2013, we started a small feeding program to provide two meals a week for 25 such children. This program now feeds 500 kids at three locations, still only twice a week.
This barely “scratches the surface” since there are thousands of children in that situation in Jérémie. We have plans for a “Super Kitchen” that will provide 1,000 to 3,000 nutritious meals every day to malnourished primary school children, to give them a chance for normal physical development that is essential to the acquisition of a basic education.
With God's help we have raised the funds to complete the construction of the "Super Kitchen" building and purchase the equipment. Two large kettles have made their way to Jérémie for installation. Our challenge now is to raise funds for the operation of the kitchen; this includes the ability to hire local staff, purchase food, and cover electricity expenses.
We expect each meal to cost $0.30 (USD) per meal, feeding 1,000 children per day, 5 times a week requires a substantial amount of funding.
Your contributions will have a significant impact for these children.