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Helping a village to feed itself

Malnutrition is a major problem in Haiti. For many children in Au Centre, the free lunch provided to them at La Renaissance Elementary School is their only meal. Children who can’t eat can’t learn, so Haiti Community Support has taken steps to improve the nutrition of the village.

Our successful school hot lunch program has been continually improved by adding more healthy ingredients for more balanced and nutritious meals.

In the past, village farmers grew black beans, corn, coffee and little else. Now, we see cabbage, carrots, beets, onions, and peppers entering the diets of the villagers. The immediate result is healthier students. On a longer range, students are learning to grow new crops, and are able to take this knowledge home to their family farms.

We’ve also identified a few additional acres around the school for expanding the food crop production. When these are harvested, the people of the village will have access to a wider variety of healthy foods, and the profits will help support the school.

Better food promotes better school attendance and fewer health problems.