Self-Help provides daily meals Monday - Friday to school children in Ghana. Feeding Quality Protein Maize (QPM) porridge to malnourished children improves their diets by enabling them to consume protein that is critical to brain development.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Frequently school children arrive at school on empty stomachs. Some tots, just three years of age, travel up to three kilometers to get to school. For some of these children, this may be the only time they get a meal. Protein is critical to children's diets to allow for effective brain development, yet few children have access to the protein they need on a daily basis.
How will this project solve this problem?
One out of 14 children in Ghana will die before their 5th birthday. About 60% of kids 6-months to 6-years near our rural centers suffer from signs of malnutrition: stunted growth, orange-tinted hair, lethargy. However, based on experience, Self-Help's feeding program has benefited preschool children in Kobriti. Their parents are now producing and providing Quality Protein Maize for the feeding program, making it a successful, sustainable feeding center, independent of Self-Help.
Potential Long Term Impact
As in Kobriti, Self-Help is providing porridge while introducing good cultivation practices so that families can produce, and eventually provide their own Quality Protein Maize to be made into porridge. We know that the program works, and we continue to work with new communities so that they too may become self-sufficient.
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,522
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,028
Total Funding Goal: $4,550