We are proud to announce that on January 1st, we began providing an additional 1,000 meals daily to children in Haiti through our Hot Lunch Program. A total of 3,000 meals are now served every day of the school year to the children in some of the remotes villages of Haiti.
The poorest country in the Northern Hemisphere, Haiti has struggled to recover and rebuild from the devastating 7.0, 2010 earthquake. The drought that followed the quake caused further crop failure. The destructive forces of Hurricane Matthew last October plunged Haiti further into debt and hunger.
The Need for a Hot Lunch Program
- Haiti imports over 50% of its food needs.
- Haiti imports over 80% of its main staple – rice.
- Over 500,000 children in Haiti suffer from malnutrition.
- Grapefruit, banana, mango and avocado trees were wiped out along with important root crops such as yams when Hurricane Matthew went through.
- In the several farm regions, nearly 100 percent of crops and 50 percent of livestock were destroyed.
- It will take at least a decade before fruit and coffee trees/plants that survived, will again bear fruit.
Our Lunch Program
Our school meal program ensures that each student receives at least one hot, nutritious meal a day. These meals are provided at the schools in the villages such as Marouge and Bois-D’orme. Your generosity and continued support of Barco’s Nightingales Foundation allowed us to expand the hot lunch program this year. We hope that with your continued support, we will be able to add 1,000 more meals in September. Remember, only $40.00 provides one student a hot nourishing meal every school day for one year.
~Michael and Frida Donner