Parents, teachers and government to benefit children, families and entire communities.


Improves access to education and health and nutrition.


Podor and Dagana departments of the St. Louis region in Senegal.


Strengthen the capacity of parents, teachers and citizens to build sustainable solutions in their communities.


In Senegal, school attendance rates are low and drop-out rates are high, especially for girls. Malnutrition is also high, affecting 26 percent of children under the age of five due to insufficient diets and poor sanitation practices. Moreover, rural areas see chronic malnutrition twice as high as urban areas. Many children do not receive the nutrition needed at home to help them grow strong and stay attentive in school. With these problems intertwined, it is vital to address education, health and nutrition in concert.


Counterpart has been addressing health and education in Senegal through the Food for Education program since 2001. Our previous program provided 4.5 million meals to 25,000 children in 174 schools throughout the Matam region, dramatically improving school enrollment and retention rates, especially among girls. Our current program is expanding on these results in the St. Louis region, focusing on improved literacy and health and nutrition. The program works directly with teachers, parents, community members and government to:

  • increase student attendance by providing two daily meals at school;
  • strengthen the capacity of school administrators and teachers to improve education quality and increase teacher attendance;
  • train Parent Teacher Associations and other community members about the value of education and good nutrition;
  • improve school infrastructure through the construction of classrooms, separate girls’ and boys’ bathrooms, water stations, cafeterias and stoves;
  • establish sustainable community farms and granaries;
  • provide training on safe food preparation and storage practices;
  • provide training on preventative healthcare.


To date, our program in the Saint Louis region of Senegal has achieved:

  • 10.5 million meals distributed to more than 45,000 students;
  • 20 new classrooms constructed and fully equipped;
  • 1,045 teachers trained on the revised Health, Nutrition and Environment Guide;
  • 20 community farms established;
  • 12.150 tons of rice harvested across 5 community farms;
  • 265 school granaries established;
  • 6,675 moringa trees planted in 267 schools; and
  • 44,095 children received deworming medication.

Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


Funder: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Collaborators: Ministry of Education; Departmental Inspector of National Education; Government Agency in Charge of Early Childhood Development; United States Peace Corps; Agricultural Services Department; local parent associations and government agencies.