Muchaque Vuma is 8 years old and attends Santa Luísa de Marillac School in the morning. He’s a poor but happy child. Although he’s not part of UPG’s Sponsoring Programme, Muchaque is one of the 800 children benefiting from our School Feeding Programme which provides 1 daily meal to all the students at Santa Luísa de Marillac School. In the beginning of the year he was thin, the draught has been severely affecting families in Chokwé District, preventing them from resorting to agriculture as the main source of income for families.
Now, Muchaque is revealing a good development and sound health.
According to him, he usually has his meal in school and he “loves having
lunch at Santa Luísa de Marillac because he can eat more than at home”.
The ALG School Feeding Programme was created as an emergency response after the 2013 floods which devastated Chokwé region.
Since then, ALG has made a huge effort to maintain this project. Despite its high costs, the positive impact is even greater. In a poor vulnerable context, aggravated by strong draught, the School Feeding Programme has been affected not only by the increase of local products’ price, but also by the consumption increase of children, for most of them this is the only meal of the day. With the help of all and with only £4 per month, A Little Gesture is able to provide one free daily meal to fight school abandonment and incentivise gender equality by feeding children like Muchaque.