Feeding our children is the foundation of our programme because nutrition is essential for learning, cognitive development and healthy growth.
STARTING EARLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Malnutrition is a major underlying cause of death in South Africa and 11.4% of the deaths of South African children under five can be attributed to low weight. In addition, 1 in 5 children are stunted and many are deficient in the vitamins and minerals vital to good health and optimal development (UNICEF).
It is widely recognized that poor performance in school and poor cognitive development are directly connected to malnutrition in children. Hungry children cannot learn.
And that is why we believe that providing a nutritious meal to all children is the key to their learning and development and the first step in escaping poverty.
We create Government approved, age-specific, nutritious meal plans with controlled delivery of fresh ingredients to all our Early Childhood Development Centres/Nurseries (ECD Centres). These are designed to optimise the healthy cognitive development and physical growth.
“Our aim is to ensure that every child in need between 1-6 years old has a healthy nutritious meal every school day during this key foundation phase of their brain development”
Camille Paterson – Programme Director