Schools destroyed, a whole generation missing out on an education and skills lost due to so many people being killed during the war has left thousands of people scratching around to grow enough food to keep their family alive. Children who do go to school don't eat during the day and many drop out of school at a very young age, especially girls and especially when they have their periods meaning they miss one week a month.
What we are doing
We support five nursery schools in the farming communities where we work. We are ensuring the youngest children get the best start in life, despite their terrible circumstances.
Vision Hope is the flagship nursery school where 350 tiny children get both an education and lunch every day.
We pay the salaries of teachers and cooks in each school. We develop and run programmes which teach the children about basic life skills (washing your hands) and growing food but also reach out to the parents and wider community so they too can benefit. Our plan is for each school to have a school farm, where the parents will come and learn farming skills.
The poorest, youngest children will have a head start to their education and will be ready to face the world when they go on to Primary School. Parents are able to focus on farming and other family members as their children are learning and receiving lunch every day.