Food for Education and Child Nutrition in Senegal
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:
To date, our program in the Saint Louis region of Senegal has achieved:
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.