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We hear about students who skip school or drop out, those who disrupt classes, or reject doing schoolwork. But there are children who yearn to attend school, who have to fight poverty, community and religious beliefs. And when they are hard at work learning, some pass out because they don’t have enough food to eat.
The World Food Program USA
The World Food Program USA who ran the Fill The Cup program in the past, is doing something to help children in poor countries get to school and stay there. Home Grown School Meals is a major part of this much needed endeavor. Locally grown food provided by farmers are served to students. These meals get them through the day by giving them physical strength. The nutritious food enables them to concentrate.
The Lunch Money Challenge
Starting Monday, October 14th begins the Lunch Money Challenge to raise money for WFP USA to continue providing the food these children desperately need. The challenge is simple. Instead of buying your lunch, pack one. Make a peanut butter sandwich, eat leftovers, and pack yogurt and fruit. Do this for five days. Then with the money you saved make a donation. The goal of this challenge is to pay for 300,000 school meals Kenya, Niger, and Honduras. We can do it!
How Children are Helped
Just think of how much the meal program helps. Parents are more likely to send their children to school. Local farmers earn money for their crops. Children with an education are more likely to succeed in life and get out of poverty. They are also role models to their family and their community.
A Success Story
I had the opportunity to speak with Fatuma Mohamed, a senior program assistant with the World Food Program. Based in Kenya where she grew up, she now works with the program that helped her as a student. She and her family struggled for her right to an education and while in school she received the much needed meals provided by WFP.
Besides her administrative role, Fatuma works individually with students, especially girls whenever possible. She knows firsthand who difficult it is for girls to be allowed to go to school. Her message is clear – education is the means to a better life. And her message to us, “Women are the foundation of every society and girls grow into women and need to be supported. Nothing can move forward in the world without women, mothers, and girls.”
Remember her story and what she has done with her life. Know that with your donation others can have that opportunity. Please take part in the Lunch Money Challenge and let your friends, family and co-workers know about it. Share it on social media with the hashtag #FeedADream
This post is part of a campaign with the Mission List and the World Food Program USA. All opinions are my own.