Feeding Hungry Minds And BodiesFebruary 15, 2017 5:36 pm
Editor’s Note: Thanks to the development of JBFC’s permaculture farm, not only are our students receiving meals twice a day, but they are also getting essential proteins and vitamins from the beans and vegetables grown on our very own campus.
As long as I can remember, I have always gone to school with either a PB&J sandwich and sliced apples or some money for lunch at the cafeteria. But if you attend a government school in Tanzania, those luxuries simply don’t exist. Government schools do not provide any form of meals for their students and many families cannot afford to send their children with food. Tanzania has always struggled with child malnutrition, specifically in rural areas.
Through different volunteer groups, JBFC has monitored the Body Mass Index (BMI) of its students, as well as students who attend the local government school located just down the road. The government school does not provide meals like JBFC. By taking the numbers that we have recorded thus far, and comparing them to the CDC’s healthy children and teen’s BMI chart, we can calculate how many of the total students from each school fall within the unhealthy range.
Guest Blogger, Travis Purser, is JBFC’s Expansion Coordinator in the U.S. Travis worked as the Guest Coordinator and Campus Director in Tanzania in 2014-2015.
This post was written by Mainsprings