School meals are the main pillar of our programme which allows us to offer the rest of our interventions most effectively.
OUR HEALTHSTART APPROACH
Over the years we’ve learnt that just tackling one problem – say food – means the damage done by other problems – like water – are exacerbated. The best way is to provide a suite of support where possible. With our HealthStart programme we’re trying to create a framework that we can plug different services into.
For support services that we offer through our project partners such as daily feeding, malaria nets, deworming and health education, it is essential that they are delivered with the local community. We ensure our schools and centres build strong relationships with parents, guardians and other community members.
It is essential that we work with our partners to find ways of allowing the projects to develop a sustainable income stream of their own, in order that the services can continue into the future with or without our support. This has included chicken rearing, milk production, farming, fish ponds and selling clean water.
We are dedicated to learning as much as we can from each service we support, to ensure that we constantly improve what we offer. We need to know that every pound we spend is having the greatest impact for the children we’re doing this for.
Our project partners
We deliver all our services with the support of local NGO partners. Without their work we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.