Food for Education and Child Nutrition in Senegal
We work with parents, schools, and government agencies to benefit children, families, and entire communities.
We’re improving access to nutrition, education, and health.
We’re working with 270 schools in the Podor and Dagana departments in the St. Louis region of Senegal.
We are helping to strengthen the capacity of parents, schools, and government agencies to build sustainable, community-based solutions to malnutrition and low school attendance.
In Senegal, school attendance rates are low and drop-out rates are high, especially for girls. Malnutrition, the result of insufficient diets and poor sanitation practices, affects 26 percent of children under the age of five. At home, many children do not receive the nutrition needed to grow strong and stay attentive in school. Challenges to nutrition, health, and literacy are intertwined, so it is vital to address them in concert, through community-led and community-based solutions.
Counterpart has been improving health and education in Senegal through the USDA 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 nutrition, health, and literacy. The program works directly with parents, schools, community members, and government agencies to:
To date, Counterpart and our partners in the St. Louis region have:
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Government of Senegal:
United States Peace Corps
Local parent-teacher associations