Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
We are pleased to welcome The World Food Program, Nestlé and Bushcamp to our global network as the most recent supporters of the Georges Malaika School. With 59% of people living on $1.25 a day in the DRC, the Global Hunger Index ranks the food crisis as “extremely alarming”. It is not surprising that as a result, malnutrition is an underlying cause in nearly half of all child deaths, and no wonder education fails to be prioritized within these communities. For those living in the Katanga province of Eastern Congo, where Kalebuka is located, the annual income barely reaches the minimum requirements of an energy-only diet, not to mention the cost of a healthydiet.
It is irrefutable that a healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand in a child’s development. After successfully completing the school’s very own on-site cafeteria, we are pleased to announce that it has been fully stocked and sustainable, made possible through the generosity of these three large benefactors as well as local donors, to provide 2 healthy meals a day to each girl at the school. The canteen is supported by our GMF cook, having benefited from two weeks of training provided by Bushcamp, while all meals have been strategically planned with the help of a nutritionist to ensure a balanced diet that meets all needs of the girls at this crucial stage in their lives. The girls really enjoy these meals, and since the school began offering the two meals each day, the girls do not want to miss school. These healthy meals have been a great boost for the girls.
As part of the next step in nutrition awareness, the school will be expanding to include a subsistence agriculture program, an interactive project that will allow the girls to contribute to their canteen themselves and learn constructive farming practices to share with their families. Although Bushcamp and World Food Program are currently supplying vegetables for meals, we are confident the success of the agriculture program will allow our school meal program to become self-sustaining.