Malnutrition disorders affect more than 42% of school children in Uganda and are responsible for 49% absenteeism of primary school age children. This project is designed to over come malnutrition disorders through regular school feeding to improve the health/nutrition status and education abilities of vulnerable school children. This project will promote home grown school feeding and health program as an innovative approach to boost nutrition status in 17 rural public primary schools.
Many schools in rural location in Uganda have unhealthy eating habits among children which affects their mental and physical development , reduces their growth and increase many risks associated with both immediate and long term health problems. Appropriate nutrition is a basic human need and that remains unmet for the vast number of children. The trend in malnutrition in Uganda is disturbing. This project will improve nutrition of children in selected primary schools
This project is designed to implement a home grown and school feeding and health program. This program aims to provide a nutritionally-adequate meal at home and during the school day. The project will facilitate training and supply of inputs to both homes and schools in a project area. This will get every pupil fed with a quantitatively and qualitatively both at home and at school. The project is also aimed at boosting food production and home incomes since all food must be purchased locally.
This project will numerous long term effects to the society. For example,reduction of child hunger, poverty eradication in communities, increase school enrollment, attendance, retention, completion and achievement. The project will also correct gender imbalance through increased girl child enrollment in schools, improve nutritional and health status of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and improved access to school. Lastly, the project will affect over 5000 people in nutrition and health.