The Hands That Feed Project

Published on May 20, 2014 um 16:52

Summary of your idea

Our idea is to educate, reach out and provide for those students that are hungry, tired, and sick and have been overworked at home by establishing a modern school canteen and a sick bay that will be made available to all children enrolled in primary and secondary schools regardless of their parents income or status. This project will further encourage parents to send their kids to school to take advantage of this free breakfast and free healthcare and further foster the love for learning in children. We will deliver 2 hours training for students on the importance and benefits of breakfast and healthcare and another 2 hours for teachers to act as first respondent incase of emergencies or illness. This we believe will represent an important contribution to the wellbeing of children and help ensure that they get the best possible start to their learning and their lives and make important contribution to their longer term health by ensuring that what they eat is nutritious and healthy. Through this project we aim to achieve these; Provide food and healthcare for all, regardless of their parents income or status Encourage and fostering the love for learning in children. To provide a social setting for children to play, work, and mix with other students and teachers. To provide First Aid and or Emergency Care to the schools population. To encourage students show improved attendance, behavior, and standardized achievement test scores as well as decreased tardiness. Increase participation and engagement at school Improve childrens performance on demanding mental tasks and reaction to frustration Encourage other kids to go to school.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Before we work in a school/community, the school/community must show some level of local contribution to ensure acceptance by the school/community. This includes the development of partnerships with local businesses, parents, suitable NGOs and the school itself. Subsidies and assistance will be designed to promote these relationships. After that, the school signs an MoU, that on the tenth month of the project 1000 naira (7$) shall be deducted from each students school fees to help sustain the project as long as the school exist. This project will commence in St. Joseph Collage, Aba in Abia State aged from 8-18 years old that has already been identified. Staff from THTF will deliver two hours training every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a period of one month on the benefit and importance of: breakfast and nutrition, Health and Physical Education, Health and Nutrition Education, healthy School Environment and Counseling and psychological Education. The teachers will not be left out, the teachers will receive two hours training every Tuesday and Thursday for a period of one month. The teachers will be trained to act as first respondent before bringing a child to the school sick bay where children are being treated with minor cuts and scrapes incase of minor emergencies or illness. This training will be done at the same time with the construction of the school canteen and a sick bay on the ½ acre of land already donated by the community school. This will be followed by a final survey on parents and principals where they will be given a simple questionnaire to fill and return to our organization. The answers generated will be used for impact measurement.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

In this part of the world parents pay school fees three times a year for their kids the school fees varies depending on the school and the location but in most cases 4000 naira 10,000 (30$ 67$) per section are charged for public schools just for learning, this is excluding books and handouts, transport to and from to school, and other miscellaneous expenses. Parents take care of all these separately. Is a pity that parents spend more than 12000 Naira 30000 Naira in a year on hungry children that has incur developmental impairments that limit their physical, intellectual and emotional development. During our field assessment, so many primary and secondary schools showed a lot of interest in our project that made us draft an MoU that will have to sustain the project as long as the school exist, using a little bit of every Child's school fees thereby pushing the responsibility off parents to the schools. We only ask for one off grant to establish a new schools canteen and a sick bay, this one off grant will be used to sustain the school canteen and the sick bay for a period of one year. Starting on the tenth month of the one off grant, their will be a continuous deduction of 1000 naira (less than 7$) from every childs school fees that will be used to sustain the project as long as the school exist and as long parents pays school fees. This is to say that parents are neither charged nor responsible for these services. Rather, the schools are the ones taking up the responsibility. We have made it so because the evidence clearly demonstrates that food programmes cannot rely solely on donors.

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Joy Okoro, Co-Founded The Hands That Feed in 2013 at the age of 20, from which she educate, reach out and provide for those students that are hungry, tired, and sick and have been overworked at home by establishing a modern school canteen and a sick bay that will be made available to all children enrolled in primary and secondary schools regardless of their parents income or status. Her person: With demonstrated leadership strengths and proven ability to manage multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced environment with critical deadlines. Well organized with attention to details. Works well independently as well as collaboratively in team settings. Proven ability to think outside the box in identifying problems and implementing innovative solutions.

Stage of Idea

start-up stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

education, health, food security, poverty reduction, youth

Miss Joy Okoro

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July 3, 2014 16:59