Beep. Beep. Beep. The alarm clock goes off. You wake up, shower, go downstairs, eat breakfast, get your packed lunch, grab your backpack and catch the bus to school. You attend a few classes, have recess, more classes, and then lunch and recess again! Then more classes, home for a snack and homework. If you are lucky, maybe some after school activities and then dinner and bed. And so the cycle continues...that is the case for many of us in America.
However, attending school is not so easy in other places, particularly Tanzania. It is not uncommon for children to have to walk 20 kilometers just to attend school, and then also to return home after the school day. 20 kilometers is roughly 12 miles - I think that is a long distance, and I have at least three meals a day plus snacks. Some of these children make this commute with a single serving of porridge as their whole day's nutritional intake. AfricAid aspires to provide these sorts of children a nutritious meal while at school in order to feed their hungry bellies.
It is estimated that over 29 million primary school aged children, more than half are girls, are out of school in Africa. There are a myriad of obstacles and barriers to entry including distance, fees, uniforms, etc. Providing school lunches ensures and encourages that bellies are full and minds are supported. Lunch meals promote attendance - they help the students and their families. There is a solution to feeding the hungry minds and hungry bellies in Tanzania and we are excited to be part of it!