“There are a lot of social and economic problems,” Joseph Jean Silence says of his neighbourhood. “Parents live a day-to-day existence.” He describes precarious living conditions where food will reach the table only if parents have managed to earn or borrow something that day.
“I come to school because I know I will have something to eat,” says Pascal Papou, a five-year old with a spark in his eyes and a big smile. He lives close to the school with his family and if he says that he eats good meals at home too, he concedes that “it doesn’t happen every day.”
The team of cooks arrives at the school early every morning to ensure that the meal cooked with food provided by the World Food Programme is ready to be served at 10:30 am. Why so early? The principal figured that if his students don’t eat breakfast at home, they won’t have to wait until noon to get food in their stomachs.
Jackendy François likes mathematics and says he wants to become a doctor.“At home, if money runs out, meals are affected,” he said. His mother works as a street merchant. “I sometimes bring a part of my school meal back home to share with my little sister,” he explains.
26 May 2014 Haiti: Partnering for Progress