Almost 3000 pupils in primary and secondary schools in Matabeleland South province dropped out of school in 2013 due to hunger. This project aims to provide e'pap meals to primary school children at Marula Primary School. These children get very little to eat at home and depend on the epap for their daily vitamin and mineral intake.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Almost 3000 pupils in Matabeleland South province dropped out of school in 2013 due to hunger. Marula School presently has 380 pupils, the majority of them day scholars from disadvantaged homes. 50 scholars are particularly needy - many are AIDS orphans. There is very little employment other than farm labouring in the area and low rainfall. Despite being a Government school, they receive no State assistance. The cost of living continues to soar in this country and is predicted to get much worse.
How will this project solve this problem?
The Stone Hills Wildlife Sanctury is based 4.5km from Marula school and have been supporting the school for the past 10 years. This project will help them supply e'pap to at least 50 of the most disadvantaged day scholars - many who have lost one or both parents from AIDS - if not all students. These children get very little to eat at home and depend on the e'Pap for their daily vitamin and mineral intake.
Potential Long Term Impact
Our long-term objectives are to give all the day scholars e-pap every day of the year (including holidays) - we have pinpointed only 50 of them, but all the diet of all the rest is also deficient. Most of them receive only one meal a day at home in the evenings, and they must find it hard to concentrate on school work as a result, or walk the often long distances to school and back.Three little ones who live further down the Mangwe Road, make a round trip daily of 16km!
Total Funding Received to Date: $303
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,697
Total Funding Goal: $3,000