By Carly Anderson | EKARI Foundation Board of Directors
Our 3 Meals a Day Program is a crucial element of EKARI Foundation’s work in the Phalombe region of Malawi, Africa. The program provides nutritious food for students who would otherwise only get one meal from home a day. Not only does the 3 Meals a Day Program benefit our students, but it also provides employment for the community.
Two women, Lea and Modester, are examples of positive changes our 3 Meals a Day Program has made in Phalombe. EKARI employs the two women to cook lunch for our students during our programs, including our Tutoring Program. Lea has five children and Modester has four. Both were unable to complete high school because their families faced extreme poverty and could not afford to pay for school fees. With the funds that Lea and Modester receive through their part-time employment with EKARI, they are able to better provide for their family’s needs. These are able to feed their families, send their children to school, and have managed to purchase metal roof sheets to replace the grass thatched roofs on their homes – their roofs will no longer leak when it rains!
Lea and Modester have also learned about nutrition through cooking for our students for the 3 Meals a Day Program, learned about Malawi’s Six Food Groups, and how each food has its own nutrition value. They have learned how to prepare delicious snacks, including a variety of vegetables and nuts that the students can bring to school with them after the holidays.
Your support is vital to EKARI’s 3 Meals a Day Program and Tutoring Program. Without these complementary programs, students supported through EKARI would not be able to stay in school and flourish. Thanks to you, students will graduate from high school and college, becoming educated citizens in Malawi.
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