This project aims at strengthening education of orphans and vulnerable school going children by increasing their access to nutritious foods, hence reducing poor academic performance associated with malnutrition. The project also builds capacity of children's caregiver on nutrition assessment and food security. The project supports 300 orphans and vulnerable children aged between 4-14 years studying at Ramah and Maranatha Orphans Children Centers in Ugandan districts of Ibanda and Apac
Uganda has high rates of malnutrition with 39.1 % of the children under five years stunted, 22.8 % are underweight ,7.2% wasted .This undermines school performance and failure to reach a satisfactory level of literacy and numeracy among school going children in lower classes due malnutrition .Malnutrition also impedes their motor, sensory, cognitive, social and emotional development which result into illnesses, mental retardation, delayed physical growth and development among children.
The project will empower orphans and vulnerable children to increase access to education by improving their nutritional status through provision nutritious foods to poorly fed children, training their caregivers on nutrition assessment and food security, and create a sustainable project to continue supporting malnourished children in communities.This in turn will contribute to the realization of SDG 4: Education for all and SDG 2. End hunger and achieve food security for children
The project will help to increase children's academic performance in schools as a result of improved nutrition interventions, enhance balanced growth and development ( intellectual & physical ) among orphans and vulnerable school going children. The project will also improve nutrition practices and food security among poor households which in the end will reduce the number of stunted and malnourished children in Kabugwenu and Atik communities where the children's centers are located.