The midday meal consists of peas with papa (maize meal) and salt. At 7 a.m., the children get a breakfast of porridge made with maize meal, oil and sugar. The journey to school can be long. It takes some children an hour or two walking through the mountains.
Mapitso Khosi (left) says most of the food she gets is at school. The 16-year old and her three siblings live at home with their father. Because of drought, the family farm has produced little for a second year in a row. The fields are bare, she says.
The meals served at school really boost attendance, says the principal. Currently, the Government feeds 320,000 children in some 1,000 primary schools in the lowlands and foothills, while WFP assists 70,000 children in 430 schools in mountain areas.
Many of the students are orphans, having lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. The parents of others have left to work in the mines in neighbouring South Africa. The children will often live with grandparents or are looked after by older siblings.
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