Mutinta raises her hand, glad to be back in school
Mutinta*, 14, Zambia
When Mutinta’s school closed because of coronavirus, it didn’t just mean that she and her classmates would miss out on vital education, they also missed out on nutritious school lunches provided by Save the Children through their school feeding programme.
Mutinta’s family have struggled to grow food and earn a living over the past year as a lack of rain caused drought across Zambia. Now with coronavirus restrictions in place, her family is under even more pressure to survive.
Our teams adapted quickly, and provided ‘take home’ food packs for families like Mutinta’s in rural Zambia, so they could continue to receive nourishing food while schools are closed. We also ran radio campaigns to raise awareness of the virus and how to protect yourself and your family.
Now with schools reopening, Save the Children is providing hand washing facilities for schools. Mutinta is really happy to be back at school, but she also shines a light on the impacts of coronavirus and school closures on other children. Some of her friends have been forced into early marriage, while others have had to move away, and can no longer attend school.
Mutinta's school stays safe thanks to your support