Projects update - nutrition programme Projects update - nutrition programme

By Christine Atkins -

The school nutrition programmes provide valuable access to a nutritious meal once or twice a week that children may not otherwise have.

The school nutrition programmes provide valuable access to a nutritious meal once or twice a week that children may not otherwise have. The meal consists of a soup or “Bor’bor”, a mixture of rice and vegetables, that is prepared and served at the school. An account of one day of the school nutrition programme is given by one of the participants on our Teach the Teacher trip: "On to the village, a cluster of ramshackle piles of thatch and bamboo, with an incongruous looking wooden shell painted bright blue taking pride of place in the middle – the village school. Helped hundreds of little kids wash and dry their hands. Tried valiantly to keep up with my fellow veggie chopper – an elderly Khmer lady – who used her machete to peel and chop three piles of veggies to my one! Melted in the heat of the windowless cookroom, stirring B’Or B’Or soup in a massive cauldron with a long stick over a smoking fire, whilst Cat and Greg led the kids in a robust rendition of “Heads and shoulders, knees and toes” in a mixture of Khmer and English!" school nutrition programme "Handed out endless bowls of steaming soup to rows of patiently seated kids with expectant eyes. In some cases their only ‘proper’ meal of the week but not a sign of pushing or grabbing but waiting till everyone has a bowl. And then as one, a steady click, click of plastic spoons on bowls. Watching seven year old kids, aged before their time, gently feeding toddler siblings before themselves, brought tears to my eyes. Left over soup carefully carried home in plastic bags to elderly relatives…." In the future, we are hoping to develop and support a self-sufficiency programme where schools are helped to establish and maintain their own vegetable garden.

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