MAURITANIA

Improving education, nutrition, water, and sanitation

Chronic food insecurity and malnutrition are prevalent across Mauritania. Frequent droughts, limited natural resources, and widespread deforestation make it challenging to access affordable, abundant, and nutritious food.

Counterpart works to build the capacity of community health workers and community leaders to improve nutrition, water, and sanitation while also boosting school attendance by providing children with daily nutritious meals.

Counterpart’s The Future is Ours! McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition program in Mauritania is funded by the USDA. The program works in partnership with the government to reduce hunger, improve health, and strengthen the primary education system. The program, in effect from 2019 to 2024, distributes deworming medicines to students and distributes meals to 209 schools in the villages of the Brakna and Gorgol regions. During the 2022-2023 school year, the program provided over 9.5 million school meals to more than 72,000 children in Mauritania.

An integral component of McGovern-Dole is literacy improvement and teacher training. Counterpart and its partner, ARED, have developed teacher training curriculum and textbooks, which the Ministry of Education is adopting for use nationwide.

Results from last year

58

water stations installed

3M

textbooks in Arabic and French printed

13M

hot school meals served

Projects

Our work in Mauritania

Nafoore

Nafoore

Nafoore (“added value” in the Fulani language) is a USAID-funded violent extremism prevention program that seeks to increase the resilience capacities of vulnerable Mauritanian youth to resist radicalization and recruitment by violent extremist organizations.
McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program

McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program

The USDA-funded McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program in Mauritania - The Future is Ours and Bridging the Future - assists the government of Mauritania to reduce hunger, improve health, and strengthen the primary education system by providing nutritious daily school meals across 320 targeted primary schools to improve student attendance rates.
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Dispatches from Mauritania

Combatting Malnutrition in Mauritania: Partnering for Greater Impact

Combatting Malnutrition in Mauritania: Partnering for Greater Impact

With programs around the world and decades of experience ranging from governance to women’s empowerment to food security, Counterpart ensures that it captures lessons learned and translates them into better...
Enduring Benefits of School Meals Programs

Enduring Benefits of School Meals Programs

School meals programs help children get to school and help them continue going. Since 2008, Counterpart has been a proud implementing partner to USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child...