“The end of the school year could mean the start of the malnutrition season for many children in Senegal as a result of the devastating drought that is sweeping through West Africa,” Jeff Baron reports. He writes that the success of programs to feed children in school have helped to erase malnutrition while reducing illiteracy: “Well-fed children do better in school and miss fewer days.”
With the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Counterpart International organized a school-based program that combined short-term commodity donations with long-term community-run solutions, including school gardens and behavioral change activities.
The schools will distribute all of the commodities they have left to help the children get through the summer. In some schools parent groups have enough training and capacity to manage over the summer, while groups at other schools still need some support and technical assistance.