CommunityFeeding ProgramPamushana - Zimbabwe
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Fortifying young children.

Extraordinary times in Zimbabwe called for extraordinary measures.

It was 2002 and schools were reporting an acute problem: malnourished and hungry children.

Knowing how this could impact cognitive development and therefore put these children at a disadvantage for life, the Malilangwe Trust sought to play a constructive role in assisting local communities to meet this challenge. The program was initially planned as a short-term intervention. But in the face of real poverty, it was extended way beyond the intended six months and shifted its focus to younger children, as the porridge provided served as a guaranteed, nourishing, and daily meal day, benefitting their health and providing a basis for improved participation at school.

Key Successes:
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19,000 young school children receive a meal every school day 

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The project has been running successfully for 15 years

How it works:
  • Each morning nearly 19,000 pre-school children – mostly aged between two to six years, including those attending primary schools in the vicinity – queue up to receive a fortified, corn-soya-blend porridge at 436 food distribution points on the outskirts of the reserve.
  • The meal itself is prepared by teachers and volunteer mothers.
  • Children benefit from not only receiving a meal but also because they can thrive in the school environment.
How to help:
  • The ongoing success of the Feeding Program and other projects in the region is dependent on the kind generosity of donors.
  • Fund a meal every school day for one child for USD 15 per year
  • Fund one of the 436 food distribution points (feeds 45 children every school day) USD 670 per year
  • Fund the entire program i.e. all 436 food distribution points, feeding 19,000 children every school day – USD 300,000 per year
Other Areas of Conservation
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Biodiversity
Community
Sustainability