WHAT WE DO
We support nutrition and health by funding nutrition at child-care centres, after school programmes and community projects such as art therapy because early health, nutrition and psychosocial stimulation can prevent malnutrition and its impact on learning. This powerful synergy between psychosocial stimulation and nutrition suggests that integrated attention to the young child is critical and that early childhood is the most cost-effective period for investment in education. These nutrition programmes therefore aim to benefit mainly kindergarten and school going children from very low-income households. These programmes have since 2010 benefitted over 1000 children and youth.
In addition to the food served to children daily, often their only meal of the day, A Reaching Hand also supplies food monthly in bulk to kindergartens.
The Food and Agricultural Organisation states "It is generally acknowledged that hunger is both a violation of human dignity and an obstacle to social, political and economic progress...".