Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana

by Self-Help International
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Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
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Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana
Growing Healthy Food & Healthy Children in Ghana

Project Report | Nov 28, 2016
School Feeding Program: A Sister's Testimony

By Benjamin Kusi | Country Program Director

Nadit's classmate eating porridge served at school
Nadit's classmate eating porridge served at school
Jasmine agreed to share her family's story, but requested not be captured on camera. Out of respect for her wishes, the photos in this story depict Nadit's classmates who are also benefiting from the school feeding program.

Earlier this month on November 3rd, the school feeding program staff, Nancy and Jesse, visited the community of  Bedabour for monitoring and met with Jasmine, a farmer and a mother of four whose children are active in the local school feeding program.

It is unusual for parents in rural communities to visit their children during school hours. Parents usually spend daylight hours hurrying to visit their farms or the market. They leave their children under the care of their teachers, sometimes without breakfast. Jasmine had come to the school that day to meet with her daughter’s teacher to inquire about her academic performance. Her daughter, Nadit, is in KG2 (kindergarten).

According to her teacher, Joana, Nadit is healthy and active in class. Joana spoke well of Nadit, noting that she has been more positive and happy in class. Jasmine was just so happy that the feeding program was available at her daughter’s school. Nadit now comes to school early and excited to learn because of the breakfast served.

Jasmine also mentioned that the benefits of quality protein maize (QPM) in her daughter’s breakfast is a household topic for conversation.  Nadit’s older sister Rahama, a junior high school student in a nearby school, also is familiar with the benefits. She took an interest in her sister’s health.  Rahama told Self-Help’s staff that, "Since Nadit started consuming porridge made from quality protein maize, she has blossomed. Due to the high protein content of the maize her body growth is excellent. Because of the porridge served at her school, Nadit is never absent and hardly falls sick.”  

Nadit's mother Jasmine confirmed that change in Nadit's health saying that now she is strong and healthy, and has not needed to visit the hospital in the past twelve months.

Rahama went on to say that the school feeding program is so encouraging because it not only increases school enrollment and attendance, but also generates household discussions focusing on the growth and development of children. She noted that families now recognize the importance of feeding QPM and other protein-rich food items to the entire family - including children - and is improving the lives of Nadit and hundreds of children in their village.

In rural communities where access to meat and fish is a challenge due to economic challenges, cultivating and consuming proteinous crops such as QPM, soy beans, cowpea and groundnut are key to the health of growing families. With support from people like you, we will continue to educate and support many rural Ghanaian families to grow and consume more protein. This program will continue to promote the growth and development of children, reduce incidents of diseases and malnourishment, and minimize hospital attendance, which reduces medical bills for families. With a healthy family, parents will have adequate time for their businesses and make more profit to take care of their families, thus creating long-term, sustainable and positive change. 

**Help expand the school feeding program and improve nutrition in more communities in rural Ghana by making a donation on #GivingTuesday!  In honor of this global day of giving back, GlobalGiving will match 50% of your donation. That means that your gift of $55 feeds not two but three children a healthy daily breakfast all of next semester!

This match begins at 11PM Central on Nov 28 and runs through Nov 29 while funds last, so set yourself a reminder to donate as early as possible to maximize your impact! 
Learn more at http://tools.blog.globalgiving.org/2016/11/01/globalgiving-has-huge-news/

Community members serving Nadit's school
Community members serving Nadit's school
Nadit's class lined up & excited for breakfast!
Nadit's class lined up & excited for breakfast!
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