The importance of school dinners
For Sunday who lives in South Sudan, school is more than a place to learn and meet her friends. School children here understand how beneficial and life-changing education can be for their future. Without it, they know that the endless cycle of poverty will continue.
School is often the only place where vulnerable children like Sunday get the chance to have a nutritious daily meal. The years of conflict, displacement, and economic collapse has deprived children of proper education and is putting the generation’s future at risk. Chores before school leave children with little time or opportunity to eat the meagre food that families provide at home. And with COVID-19 closing schools, 2.4m out-of-school children in South Sudan, are now at even greater risk of malnutrition, stunted growth and weakened health systems that increase their chance of succumbing to diseases and infection.
Take Away Food is making the difference
Which is why the Take Home Food scheme is so important for vulnerable children and their families. With schools closed, World Vision together with the World Food Programme, has distributed 149.079 metric tons of food rations across South Sudan helping 19,980 children.
“Before Covid-19, I used to eat lunch from the school feeding program, then it stopped when the school closed. My family can only afford one meal per day. I am excited that because of the take-home ration, we can eat a full meal every day. I pray that schools open soon so we can resume our disrupted learning.” Sunday, primary school student.
So, in this season of continuing change, in your family and church please continue to pray with us. Because God is our constant and together, our prayers are needed to empower vulnerable children in the most dangerous places to overcome poverty and experience fullness of life.
“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)