Self-Help provides once-a-day meals M-F to preschool children in Ghana. By adding vitamin/minerals, malnourished kids can get up to 100% of nutrients their normal diets don't supply. With a full stomach, the children we support can be successful in school and grow up healthy.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Each tablet has 20 vitamins/minerals crucial to normal physical and social growth. When the tablet is sprinkled on Quality Protein Maize (QPM) porridge -- with Power Flour, preschool children get the calories/nutrients they might never receive --- ever. Self-Help has run a preschool feeding project for the rural poor since 2005 using local volunteers, rural feeding centers, staffed oversight, QPM and barley malt flour. We feed about 1,800 children each day in Ghana.
How will this project solve this problem?
12% of children <5 in Ghana die. Malnutrition, a gateway for more diseases, is 100% treatable. About 60% of kids 6-months to 6-years near our rural centers suffer from malnutrition signs; stunted growth, orange-tinted hair, lethargy.
Potential Long Term Impact
We expect an immediate and lasting effect based on experience plus evidence from a 2009 scientific study. The heights/weights of Ethiopian preschool children whose diets included QPM increased more than 20% faster than kids who ate traditional corn.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,250
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,300
Total Funding Goal: $4,550