School Meals Programme in Haiti
The dinner lady arrives in a classroom with two buckets containing lunch. The food has earlier been prepared in the kitchen of St. Pierre Claver school in Gonaives
At the back of the classroom, 4th year teacher, Mme Guerlene Dormeus, serves lunch made from rice, beans and oil. The ingredients are provided by WFP.
Vanessa hands out the plates to her classmates. For many children – most of whom come from poor families - this will be their only meal of the day.
The children say grace before their meal. Some of their families have lost everything in last year’s devastating hurricane, including homes and livelihoods.
In another school in Gonaives – St. Francois d’Assise – the kitchen staff serves lunch. Today, the nuns who run the school have added vegetables and processed meat to the menu.
A couple of satisfied customers. In all, 36,829 primary school children in 100 schools in Gonaives are receiving daily meals with the help of WFP.
After grace, the students tuck in. When asked what they’d like to become when they grow up, all the children seem to have an answer: a teacher, a doctor. One little girl says “a nun”.