Last week at the Half Day School, the all students and teachers came together and harvested our organic rice crop.
This harvest activity is providing children with access to nutritious, high quality local foods at the same time enriching their connection to local cultures by learning traditional farming techniques. Also, children had been learning about the rice plant and its growing cycle, the advantages of following a simple nutritious diet as well as working on art projects to gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the plant. Next year we are hoping for a better harvest.
Yesterday was World Food Day. With the issue of hunger a problem that affects many of the children we serve, we decided to write a little post to keep our readers informed. The day was announced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1979, first observed on October 16, 1981, and is a time to strengthen the political will to end hunger around the world. This is important not only in your own community or country but also around the world, because the solidarity which underlies the day is meant to grow and reach everyone and all hunger everywhere! It is one of the cogs in the machine that is working to one day eliminate hunger from the world and we are extremely happy to be talking about it.
So, as we said, today is for talking about the issue of hunger and what we as a world community can do about it. To do our part, we wanted to take a little time out to talk about our lunch program at Half Day School. Food is important for kids. They need it to be able to play, and grow up healthy and strong. Sadly, many kids don’t have food to eat every day and may have to go hungry, including some of our kids at Half Day School. Indeed, many of our children who do have access to food at home either don’t eat breakfast in the mornings or still don’t get all the nutrition they need from the meals they’re given outside of school.
In a recent post we mentioned that our lunch program gives kids a reliable meal Monday to Friday so they have energy to focus on learning and so they don’t have to worry about where their lunches will come from during the week. The meals are simple, but they give our students full bellies, big smiles and make a real difference in their physical and mental health, giving them one less thing to worry about in their daily lives. But it’s not always easy to pay for the food for the kids, so every donation made by you goes such a long way!
We know hearing about these things is hard and it can feel like you’re too far away to have an impact, but you can do big things when lots of people work together in small but important ways. You could also help us continue to fund this amazing project by providing monetary donations and by following our Facebook and Twitter, using them to spread both awareness and information about our work to your friends and families. Thank you for reading!
The Half Day School Lunch Program provides lunch for hill tribe, stateless and underprivileged students at our school in Mae Sai..
Some of our students are not lucky enough to have a breakfast every morning and a dinner every evening. In some cases, this makes their lunch at Half Day School their main source of sustenance. We desperately want all of our students to be healthy and strong so they can focus on their education.
Funds donated towards this project will go directly into the buying of fresh, local ingredients to make healthy lunches daily for underprivileged students. These meals are extremely important to these children, after a nutritious lunch they are ready to focus on their lessons and the vocational skills classes that will equip them for the rest of their lives.
Please support us in keeping the students healthy and happy and donate here , earmark your donation to go directly to the lunch program ! Thank you!