Child 1st Initiative Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which feeds the vulnerable in society, has been feeding over 2,700 vulnerable school children from less privileged homes to get a sound mind to learn.
The feeding programme started in the year 2014 after the Founder of the Organisation, Ms. Naana Eyeson Oppong noted a couple of times a student begging for food and after eating would chew the plastic in which the food was .
In an interview with Change Agent Media, she noted that she was touched and upon asking the child, she said, she was hungry and didn’t get satisfied and that is the reason she chews the plastic.
Breakfast for Students
This, the Founder said, motivated her to give school children breakfast thrice a week since breakfast is an essential meal for everybody in a day.
But, she said, due to some financial challenges, they feed them twice a week in recent times.
“Some children go to school on empty stomachs and some won’t have food till evening, and some, their parents give 2 cedis as feeding which is not enough to feed a child through the day,” she said.
She pointed out that, the breakfast gives the children the energy to go to school to learn.
“How can you learn with an empty stomach throughout the day?” she quizzed.
Highlighting on how she makes it possible, she said her team wakes up at dawn to make sure the food is ready before morning.
“Every school child who joins the queue is served with some delicious breakfast. I get so worried if the food isn’t enough to serve everyone,” she expressed.
Talking about her menu, she mentioned that, sometimes they give rice water with boiled egg and bread, other days too they give tom brown with bread and roasted peanut or butter.
“Sometimes, we serve them with hot chocolate which is their favorite,” she added.
Even though, she said things are expensive but they are more particular about getting them a balanced diet.
According to United Nation (UN) report of Sustainable development Goal (SDG), poor nutrition causes nearly half (45 per cent) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year in Africa, hence they are more committed to provide them with balance diet.
Therefore as way to contribute to the SDG Two (2) to eradicate hunger in Ghana and poor nutrition, she calls on benevolent organisations and philanthropists to help her continue to do this project every day.
In the same report of the UN, majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 per cent of the population is undernourished.
Hence, the Foundation which is located at Tema Community Two (2) is passionate about serving the school children with breakfast to reduce this unpleasant situation.
According to Ms. Oppong, a selfless mother who has been doing this for the past four years, runs this program with her personal savings and gets some assistance from other donors to make it sustainable.
You can please do contact her Foundation, Child Initiative Foundation on 024 611 2914 to support the dream.
Editor: Mr. Louis Owusu