Based on research and personal testimonies from our students and the local community, we found that many low-income families eat little more than a bowl of white rice or noodles with some sort of bottled sauce. These families simply can’t afford anything else. Our experiences and available research through UNICEF and the World Food Programme show that essential nutrients needed for ongoing physical and cognitive development are in short supply.
We currently work closely with a local NGO (non-governmental organisation) ABCs and Rice where we provide a daily healthy lunch for 180 students. ABCs and Rice is looking to double their capacity in the next two years. We are aiming to do the same as a healthy lunch is invaluable to these children’s well being and education in the long run.