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.
19,000 young school children receive a meal every school day15
The project has been running successfully for 15 years