Since our last report, we have had to put the lunch program on hold. We are continuing to accept funds for the program and will restart it as soon as we have enough funding to keep the program afloat for at least two months.
"It was tough to have to temporarily stop the provision of lunches and nutritional support to the students, as the kids really benefited from the program" said founder Khaled Jaraysa. "We are fortunate to have such wonderful supporters and I am confident that they will help us restart the program very soon!"
We wish you a peaceful and happy holiday season and ask that you consider making a contribution to the lunch program today.
The Children of Peace Foundation
It an exciting time of year for the children we serve, as a new school year has just begun. Thanks to your support, we were able to offer lunch to the students last week. However. unless we receive additional funds, we will have to discontinue the lunch program at the end of next week.
Our founder, Khaled Jaraysa, recently reflected on the benefits of the lunch program, as well as the program's potential cessation. "Proper nutrition enhances the success of our educational and counseling programs. As teachers and staff regularly comment on positive changes they have noticed since we started this program, I really hope we do not have to discontinue the provision of lunches and nutritional support."
We are most hopeful that we will be able to continue providing this vital nutritional element, but we can't do it without your help. Please consider a gift of $100, sponsoring meals for two children for a month.
Thank you so much for your support!
Thanks to your support, we have been able to provide hot lunches and nutritional education to the children we serve for 90 days! However, we are in danger of having to put the program on hold due to funding. To this point, we have spent nearly $4,500 toward the program and have around $1,000 remaining. Please give what you can to help keep this program alive.
Since our last report, the nutritionist has continued to meet with the children on a weekly basis, providing guidance and education on the make-up and value of a sound diet. We have received excellent feedback from families on the impact of access to the nutritionist. Parents have reported that their children are much more concerned about what they eat, charting their daily intake and making sure to consume a balanced diet. Additionally, vegetables harvested from the organic garden (maintained by the children, teachers and staff) have recently been incorporated into the meals.
Founder Khaled Jaraysa sees benefit beyond the nutritional value of a sound diet. "It is important for the kids to see a direct, positive result from something they have invested time and hard work into," said Jaraysa. "When the vegetables they planted were brought to the table, it was a very rewarding moment for [the kids]."
Proper nutrition enhances the success of our educational and therapeutic programs. We need your continued support to keep this program alive.