Muchaque Vuma is 8 years old and he attends the Santa Luísa de Marillac School during the morning period. In his day to day life, he’s a poor but happy child. Although not being included in the UPG Portugal Sponsoring Programme, Muchaque is one of the 800 children benefiting from the School Feeding Programme which provides 1 daily meal to every student in Sanat Luísa de Marillac School.
In the beginning of the year, he was thin and weak. The draught has seriously affected the Chokwé district families. Agriculture is the main source of income for these families and the lack of water is very damaging. Now Muchaque is revealing a good development and sound health. Sometimes he has lunch at school and not at home. He enjoys Santa Luísa de Marillac meals a lot because he can eat a bit more than at home.
A Little Gesture’s School Feeding Programme was born out of an emergency response after the 2013 floods which devastated the Chokwé region. Since then A Little Gesture has been making a huge effort to raise funds to maintain this project. Despite the high costs the positive impact is even higher. Within a poor and vulnerable context, aggravated by the huge draught, the School Feeding Programme has been affected not only by the price increase of local produce but also by the number of children benefiting from it – for most of them this is their only meal of the day.
With the help of everybody and with 5€ a month ALG can provide a free daily meal and alleviate the hunger of children like Muchaque.