School-going children spend most of their time in school, and it is therefore critically important that the environment is hygienic, safe, and well-kept to reduce exposure to disease and infection.
School-aged children have the highest infection prevalence of intestinal worms of any group;
An estimated 47% of children ages 5-9 in the developing world suffer from a worm infection and when sanitation facilities are inadequate, children can carry infectious agents from their school into the home causing other household members to become infected as well.
Repeated exposure to diarrheal illness can reduce the amount of nutrients the intestines are able to absorb. Therefore, children become sick, eat less, and as a result, miss more and more school.
By improving the school infrastructure, daily nutrition, overall sanitation and cleanliness of the school environment, we will not only help the children stay healthier but also use the protein-rich, fruit and veggie-infused school meals to boost and maintain proper nutrition levels throughout the day.
We have partnered with non-profit, FEED The Children to improve the learning environment for 300 students and 9 teachers at the Institution Chrétienne Grace Surabondante school, in the region of Dufresney in Haiti.
Through these efforts, these 300 students and 9 teachers will be able to stay healthier and the students will receive a better education in a more conducive learning environment.
FEED has had an ongoing partnership with the Institution Chrétienne Grace Surabondante in the St-Roch community. This is a private community school that, due to inadequate resources, lacks basic requirements to provide a proper learning environment for the 300 students who attend every day.
The school is currently constructed of metal sheets, which provide some protection against wind and rain, but make the classroom temperatures very hot in the summer months.
With your support, we aim to provide substantial infrastructure upgrades to the school grounds including:
-Currently, the “kitchen” is constructed of metal sheets and plastic tarps (seen in pictures below), which do not ventilate well or provide adequate protection from the outside environment.
School Meal Protein + Fruit + Veggie Supplementation
-We will add locally grown vegetables and fruit, as well as smoked herring and salmon, to ALL 300 students school meals every day, for one full school year.
-Although the Institution Chrétienne Grace Surabondante currently has a latrine (seen in picture 3 above), it is inadequate for 300 students who attend the school. It does not provide privacy for students, offers minimal protection from environmental conditions, and is almost full. When schools do not have adequate latrines, many students choose not to use the latrines at the school and will often urinate and defecate outside on the ground.
Handwashing station construction
-Further heightening the issues around inadequate water, hygiene, and sanitation facilities, the Institution Chrétienne Grace Surabondante does not have adequate handwashing stations for the students and teachers to wash their hands before eating and after using the latrine, two critical times.
"With a generous donation from The Offroader Supply Co.™, FEED will improve the infrastructure of the kitchen facility that is used by volunteer mothers to prepare meals for students at the school, replace the existing latrine with one that has two additional stalls, and construct a handwashing station. Additionally, FEED will be able to add locally grown vegetables and fruit, as well as smoked herring and salmon, to the school meals. Through these efforts, these 300 students and 9 teachers will be able to stay healthier and the students will receive a better education in an environment that is more conducive to learning."
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