FOOD FOR THOUGHT INITIATIVE
The aim of the initiative is to create incentives for children to attend school regularly and permanently.
As one of the main factors for low school attendance is the malnourishment of the school children, we set up school-based nutrition centres. Now, attending children receive a healthy meal every school day.
meals per month
children recieve access to education
communities benefit from healthier and better-educated youth
HOW THE ACCESS TO EDUCATION CHANGES EVERYTHING FOR SOFÍA
Join Sofía on an interactive tour and discover how our Food for Thought Initiative is changing her life.
THE COUNTRY AND ITS RURAL POPULATION
Population: 9,8 million
Location: Central America
Languages: Spanish and indigenous languages
General level of poverty
60% of the rural population live below the national poverty line
More than 1 million people live on less than $ 1.90 a day
Very high level of violence
Very high migration rate
There is chronic food-insecurity in rural areas
Most children in rural areas suffer from stunting and mineral deficiencies
Survey in partner communities showed that 90% of people are malnourished (young and old)
1 out of 4 kids drop out of primary school
Very low school attendance rate in rural areas
Only 14% complete secondary school
One of the countries most affected by climate change
Extreme weather events: droughts throughout the year with hurricanes and floods in the fall
Vulnerability to extreme climatic events lead to crop failures and exacerbates food insecurity
We are aware that community involvement is crucial for the success of the Food for Thought Initiative. It increases the initiative’s acceptability within the community, enriches the initiative with additional local knowledge and gives the community ownership of and responsibility for the initiative. Therefore we are committed to involving the broader community, as well as the parents of the school children, in several ways.
DAILY MEAL PREPARATION
A group of selected parents manages and stores the food provided. In addition, the parents organise the preparation of the healthy and nutritious lunch and distribute the meals to the school children.
We try to buy as much food as possible from the small farmers in the area. With fair prices, we want to offer them and their families a reliable source of income and promote agriculture.