Providing daily lunch to students
Due to chronic food shortages in rural Malawi, children often miss school because of a lack of food to sustain them. Hungry girls miss school as they work or beg in order to survive. Even when they come to school, hunger affects their ability to learn. Research has proven that school feeding has a range of positive impacts since children who are not suffering from hunger are able to make the most of their education. With full bellies, they can have their full attention on learning.
We are providing locally produced food to 15-20 girls for lunch every day to make sure our goal of empowerment through education gets met. In addition to those who receive food daily, there is a feeding program for more students from the community which occurs three times a week - and more than 40 children are fed through this program.
Being able to provide children with a meal also takes pressures off of their parents, who may be struggling to feed their children. Something as simple as providing a healthy lunch can create a ripple effect of positive change throughout the whole community we serve.
Sustainable Development Goals addressed:
Studies indicate that roughly half of the population in Malawi live below the national poverty line and about 25% have been unable to meet the minimum recommended daily food requirement.
25% don't meet daily food needs
Research has determined that 62% of the population in Malawi live on less than $1.25 per day. Many are forced to prioritize work and food access over schooling.
Living on $1.25 a day
With daily lunch for sponsored students plus meals 3 days a week for 40 students in the feeding program, Voices Awake provides upwards of 21,465 meals in a year.