Education is the strongest way to advance the developing world, and a meal can often be the biggest incentive for a child to go to school.
In Haiti, one of the biggest obstacles that prevents children from attending school is the need to gather wood for their one daily meal. In Ganthier, one of Haiti’s poorest areas, this is especially a problem. World Central Kitchen has partnered with CESAL to launch the Food for Thought project, which will create 40 new kitchens in the next four years in local schools equipped with clean cook stoves.
The Food for Thought project provides students with a daily meal at school, raising attendance and improving student and staff health. Through the program, the schools will gain:
- New, clean/improved cook stoves
- New kitchens with prep tables and sanitation equipment
- Food safety and sanitation training for their cooks
- A new garden and chicken farm, where space is available
With the help of these new resources, over 125 school cooks will receive new equipment and training and over 15,000 students will get a nutritious daily meal at school. To date, we have completed the renovations of ten school kitchens and increased attendance rates by 135%!