School Nutrition: Education through Wellness
It was a stark discovery: children at the Miazia 23 school in Addis Ababa came to school hungry every day. During a school visit, Wide Horizons For Children social workers were asked by the school principal: could we help to feed these children?
In July 2014, Wide Horizons For Children answered the principal’s call and the Education through Wellness School Nutrition program began, providing school lunch daily to 40 children. Then, another discovery: the children had no other food available at home —the school nutrition program was their primary source of food.
In 2015, the program grew, doubling in size to serve 80 children, and expanding the services offered. In addition to lunch, children began receiving breakfast, de-worming medication to promote better nutritional absorption and food rations during school vacations and summertime to ensure they would have a reliable source of food when school was out-of-session.
Today, the program serves more than 150 children. In addition, it provides employment for six women from the Wide Horizons For Children Child Sponsorship program, who purchase and prepare the food for the children while earning an income to support their families.
There are many children at the school without food. The Wide Horizons For Children School Nutrition Program feeds the children lunch and breakfast during the school day and provides them with food for them and their families during school breaks. The Program benefits the children in school: they are very strong and are actively participating in the classes. We are very happy for this program and how it improves the quality of education in Addis.
—Hiwot Weldemeskel, Principal, Miazia 23 school, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Key Facts About the Program
Year started: 2014
Number of children served since inception: 372
Partners: Miazia 23 Primary School and Tigil Lenetsanet Primary School
How You Can Help
Every day, many children still go hungry. With more support, Wide Horizons For Children can feed more of these vulnerable children.
- Donate to the School Nutrition: Education through Wellness Program
- Buy a gift from our Giving Catalog that supports school nutrition