By Katie Ann Crosman - International Volunteer DEPDC/GMS
The Half Day School’s (HDS) lunch program is a critical component of serving children most vulnerable to human trafficking. Through the HDS lunch program we are able to ensure that our students are receiving at least one nutritious meal a day. Food security is an integral piece of social justice and the success of this program is made possible with the support and care of our community and donors.
This semester many of the staff prepared lunch for the students AND the student’s learned how to prepare meals for themselves as well. Empowerment through learning!
HDS’s lunch program strives to be self-sufficient in many ways through our agricultural activities and abundant garden. This season we have planted a variety of vegetables that can be used for school lunches. Students also receive the opportunity to learn how to garden, look after the crops, water them, and harvest. This last week we had an entire training on the planting and maintenance of growing mushrooms. Fingers crossed the crops continue to be bountiful!
From everyone here at HDS we would like to extend a heartfelt and sincere thank you to all past, present, and future donors. As always, the work we do here at DEPDC is possible because of your generosity and shared passion in our mission to prevent the human trafficking of vulnerable youth
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