I visited a school in Jamaica last year and found a situation that was so sad, I was in tears. These children walked to school everyday on a road that is like a dirt track. Those who have shoes walk with them in their hand and put them on at school. Many of these students are most often absent from school. The breakfast and lunch program is barely funded by the school. The principal and teachers use their own money and other small donations they get externally to assist but, this is not enough to feed all the children that are enrolled. Many students come from very poor homes and attend school without breakfast. They need lunch at midday and sometimes most children return to a home with no dinner. The schools need restrooms, they now have 'outhouse' for the students. The teachers including the principal shares one inside restroom in an area called a teacher's lounge and the plumbing system for this is broken. We have an ongoing breakfast and lunch program in some schools in impoverished areas of Jamaica but we need your help? Please help us to help these children?
66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world" (UNICEF), while 200 million children suffer the effects of malnutrition. Millions of children in developing countries like Jamaica are stunted by hunger by age 5. Stunting impacts a child’s thinking and learning abilities as well as their focus and concentration in school. Which means that at least 20% of these children will be less likely to be able to read by age eight. Malnourished children usually have reduced mental capacity, gets sick easily and have low attendance rate in school. This affects their learning and later their earning potential. This situation causes a constant and vicious cycle of poverty in their family. What can you do to help these children?
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