Education is the cornerstone of gender and social equity, community development, and national progress. While education transforms lives and provides individuals and families with tools to lift themselves out of poverty, barriers such as food insecurity inhibit learning and educational attainment among many children across the world.
Through our Food for Education (FFE) programs, PCI serves more than 220,000 school meals per day at primary schools in remote areas of Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Tanzania to help students learn, grow, and thrive. To ensure meals are healthy and nutrient rich as well as hygienic, PCI plants school gardens and demonstration plots that are managed by the schools and used to feed school children, showcase to the community effective permaculture and gardening techniques, and educate around proper household nutrition practices. PCI also trains school cooks in hygienic food preparation and storage.
Additionally, the FFE programs equip schools with access to clean water and sanitation facilities, provide health, nutrition, and sanitation education to teachers, students, and parents, and support menstrual hygiene management among young adolescents to promote school attendance.
Learn more about how our FFE program is building a brighter future through school meals.
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