For girls, hot lunch brings success in school
I n Chinandega, Nicaragua, students receive a hot lunch every school day because of the work of 17 Rotary districts.
“Many of the children were growing up in the city dump,” says Kim Towar, governor of District 6400 (Ontario, Canada; Michigan, USA), who took this photo in March.
According to the United Nations World Food Programme, 20 percent of Nicaraguan children under age five suffer from chronic malnutrition; in some of the country’s poorest areas, that statistic rises to 50 percent. The World Food Programme has credited school lunch programs such as the one in Chinandega with increasing – and in some cases doubling – enrollment, particularly for girls.
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