A daily meal is not always a reality for many schoolchildren in Ngombe, one of the poorest urban slums in Lusaka, Zambia. Thousands of Ngombe children go to bed hungry at night, and thousands attend school hungry the next morning. Tardiness and absenteeism due to hunger is a daily struggle for the students, the school directors, and the teachers.
The problem is compounded in Ngombe because a high percentage of these children are HIV positive, and they cannot take their government-provided retroviral medications on an empty stomach. To these hungry children, navigating the issues of daily life can often be overwhelming, and the future may seem hopeless. The gift of a nutritious noon day meal is a gift of life and hope.
Sew Powerful has recently partnered with a large relief agency, Convoy of Hope, to bring nutritious noonday meals to over 4,800 schoolchildren each day in ten community schools in Ngombe. All of these schools are already connected to the Sew Powerful program. This partnership is being called “The School Feeding Initiative”. The partnership is building kitchens, hiring staff, training the new hires, purchasing equipment, and preparing to usher in this feeding program in 2022.