How Breakfast can Help Hungry Children Learn
It has often been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This statement is particularly true for children. It is essential that kids’ bodies are refueled with a nutritious morning meal in order to focus and learn at their highest potential.
But what if families are simply too poor to provide breakfast for their children? Sadly, this is the case for thousands of children in Mauritania, where a large percentage of people live on less than $1.25 per day.
In Mauritania, located on the Atlantic Ocean in northern Africa, a typical day begins with children walking several miles to school. Because they are unable to afford breakfast, they make the trek on empty stomachs.
Once the kids finally arrive at their classrooms, they are tired and hungry. Unfortunately, this inhibits their ability to adequately learn and absorb the material presented to them at school, and eventually results in poor academic performance. As their education is affected by a lack of food, it perpetuates the cycle of poverty.
In order to alleviate Mauritanian children’s hunger, the World Food Program is helping schools provide a simple breakfast to each student. This morning meal, composed of 25g corn-soya blend and 10g of sugar, will improve children’s concentration through the rest of the day.
In addition, by serving a meal at school, parents will be more encouraged to send their kids to school rather than keeping them home to work around the house. This is particularly beneficial to girls, who often drop out of school to perform household duties. As more children attend school, the World Food Program is ultimately fighting hunger while also giving them a better future through education.
By purchasing a Gift That Gives More™, you can support the World Food Program’s efforts in impoverished regions of Mauritania. A donation of just $10 will provide a child with breakfast for the entire school year! What a great way to make a difference in the life of a child! Click here to help hungry children learn by giving them much-needed meal to start their day of right.