Action Through Enterprise (ATE)

EducATE - School Feeding Programme

ATE works with government schools in Lawra, Ghana, to reduce hunger and increase pupil attendance by providing free school meals. The school feeding program reaches almost 1,000 children each day, mainly in rural, hard-to-reach areas, where some families can afford as little as four meals a week

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1149988)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£2,100

Amount raised

£5,998

Donations

31

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • Poverty is complicated. Feeding hungry children is not.

    — Sarah, Chief Executive

  • ‚ÄòThe children come here now and they learn,‚Äô she says, ‚Äòthey can concentrate‚Äô.

    — Mary Karbo, Headteacher at Karbo Primary School

  • ‚ÄúIt is always hard to study on an empty stomach‚Äù ‚ÄúI am fortunate to be taken care of by ATE and be fed my favourite school meal of banku!

    — Asaana, 13 years old, P4, Karbo Primary

  • “It is always hard to study on an empty stomach” “I am fortunate to be taken care of by ATE and be fed my favourite school meal of banku!

    — Asaana, 13 years old, P4, Karbo Primary

  • ‘The children come here now and they learn,’ she says, ‘they can concentrate’.

    — Mary Karbo, Headteacher at Karbo Primary School

  • Poverty is complicated. Feeding hungry children is not.

    — Sarah, Chief Executive

Situation

In Lawra, most people rely on subsistence farming to survive and experience chronic food shortages for months at a time every year. Malnutrition among children is high and attendance at school is poor as children with empty stomachs cannot concentrate to learn. Nearly half of Lawra’s population has never attended school and the adult literacy rate languishes at just 19%. Poverty and hunger create barriers to children attending school, particularly in rural areas where drop out rates are high.

Solution

The guarantee of a free school meal encourages children to come to school and stay in school rather than to go roaming for food. Reducing hunger enables children to concentrate in the classroom, to feel happier and therefore to do better in their studies. The community express their commitment to the project by building the school kitchen. ATE then pays for the cooks salaries and the ingredients. School feeding is having a measurable impact on attendance, retention, wellbeing and attainment.