We are passionate about feeding the hungry. We feed over 1,800 children and adults each school day and the results speak for themselves. The difference a meal makes is incredible and when you don’t know when your next meal will be, life is just that much more challenging. Child poverty increases when food is not readily available as households prioritise food acquisition and invest little in children’s education and health. Child protection issues increase during periods of high food insecurity, as care is also compromised due to caregiver’s going out in search of food, leaving children in the care of other children. Children are also at risk of being withdrawn from school as they assist the parents in search for food.
For those children who attend school, apart from the effect of constant hunger on their health and comfort, malnourished children are easily distracted and usually have problems concentrating on their lessons, affecting a child’s ability to learn and achieve. When food is available at school a child’s performance increases significantly; attendance at school stabilises, they are more able to focus, concentrate harder and achieve more. This is what we want to see more of! Providing meals for the children is also a huge relief for the families as they know that not only are they receiving an education but a good hearty meal too.
Smile International operates a number of feeding programmes in rural schools in Africa and at our Smile Centre in Sri Lanka. We provide a nutritious meal either for breakfast or lunch, or both, which enables children to focus on their lessons and so makes them more attentive during their time at school. No child should go hungry nor grow up searching for food. Just £2 a week can make a difference to a child who is hungry. If you would like to donate then please donate now.
Children with full tummies are happy children and if we can help them smile again, that’s all the motivation we need to get more children fed.