Magadini School Lunch Program
Providing more than 200 school children with at least one nutritious meal a day is a cornerstone of our remit – and has been one of our biggest challenges. Lack of reliable transport and intermittent government support have hampered efforts at sustainability. However, the community is now taking a greater role in provisioning and financing the program – a clear indication that they value good nutrition for their children. We are currently providing matching funds for the village, with the goal of a 25% reduction in those funds each year until local sustainability is achieved.
Annual Deworming and Vitamin A Disbursement
Co-ordinating with the Longido District Health Office, we provide more than 600 children aged 2-12 with deworming medication and Vitamin A supplements, annually. Village Heatlhcare Workers dispense and record the disbursement for government records.
Magadini’s spring water contains up to 14X the World Health Organization’s recommended safe levels of fluoride. This has resulted in blackened teeth and bone deformities – conditions that onset during childhood growth. In 2012, we facilitated the construction of an extensive rain-catchment system at the school. Carefully managed, the system provides students, teachers and school cooks with sufficient water, year round.