(MissionNewswire) Salesian students at six Salesian centers in Haiti received a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Salesian Missions, the U.S. Development arm of the Salesmen of Don Bosco headquartered in New Rochelle, N.Y., secured the grant for its Hunger for Education USAID International Food Relief Partnership project in Haiti. The project, which ran from November 2017 to March 2019, aimed at increasing the health and learning ability of students by
The project helped support the shipment of 40-foot shipping containers of meals – eight from Breedlove, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping eradicate world hunger; nine from Rise Against Hunger, an international relief organization that provides food and life-changing assistance to the world's most vulnerable; and food from Feeding My Starving Children, a nonprofit Christian organization committed to “feeding God's children hungry in body and spirit.”
The rice-meals provided 18,161 students school lunch vacation months. Port-au-Prince, Fort-Liberté, Cap-Haitien, Les Cayes, Gressier and Gonaïves. Les Cayes, Gressier, Fort-Liberté, Cap-Haitien, Gonaives, Thorland, Petionville, Drouillard and at the Salesian post-novitiate.
The Hunger for Education project has also helped to make sure of the six salesian centers to prepare the meals for the students. Prior to this project, the Cardinal Keeler Center in Gonaives had no kitchen at all. With the help of the project, the center was able to develop a new kitchen, the kitchen supplies.
“The new kitchen and feeding program” Yves Jorcelim Pierre, director of the Cardinal Keeler Center. “This new kitchen has also provided access for teachers, support staff, cooks and managers to eat there. The feeding program and donation of food aid has been a great blessing to our center. Children are now assured a hot meal each day. Prior, many were coming to school on an empty stomach and they were having a good time. Children are much more focused on their studies now. “
Salesian vocational training students who received meals from the Hunger for Education project, expressed high levels of gratitude for having food to fuel their practical exercises. In Cite Soleil and Les Cayes, In Fort Soleil, Les enfants Salesian students work in carpentry, welding, auto mechanics, electricity, sewing and beauty. They rely on the practical and practical learning workshops. Before the feeding program began, administrators noted instances of vocational training fainting during their practical exercises due to a lack of food.
Each of the six participating school directors noted the importance of improving the quality of life of students and their students. . Students who have previously been in their after-school days have had more energy in their studies. School directors also noted that they report their studies better when they have proper nutrition.
“Salesian missionaries to reach the poorest students who would not otherwise be able to receive an education. “Jessica O'Connor, Senior International Development Officer at Salesian Missions, says,” Many of the students come from families where they are not able to get away from it all. “The project has already had a great impact on students. Children who once arrived at a school in the classroom, and had a result, students have shown improvements in health, happiness and ability to learn. “
Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas ranking 168 out of 189 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index. The country also faces the highest levels of severe food insecurity in the world, according to the World Food Program. More than half of the country's population was chronically undernourished during 2012-2014, representing a total of 5.3 million Haitians.
Nearly 100,000 Haitian children under the age of 5 suffer from acute malnutrition, irreversible all children in the country. Haiti's economy has also been affected by political crises and natural disasters in the last two decades. Nine years after the 2010 earthquake, Haiti's population of 11 million
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