Lalafofofo, a charitable organization established to be a source of affordable, small-scale service projects in the Kilimanjaro region of East Africa, has announced the launch of a new school lunch program to feed 200 students at the Tindegani Public School near the remote village of Boma Ng’ombe, Tanzania. This will be the third public school in the region to receive a Lalafofofo.org-sponsored lunch program.
In the Spring of 2015, lunch programs were put in place by the organization in the Mlima Shabaha and Sanya Station public elementary schools, benefitting 600 children whose families could not afford to provide lunch for the children. Studies from the World Health Organization, have shown that short-term hunger resulting from the lack of school meal programs among Tanzanian school children causes significant problems linked to elevated absenteeism, attention problems and early school dropouts.
Research from the World Health Organization has found that 50 to 70 percent of students in different parts of Tanzania go to school without breakfast, and receive no meal during the school day. The consequences of short-term hunger in the long run include major nutritional deficiencies, underweight, and “stunting”—a form of growth failure due to chronic malnutrition. Forty percent of Tanzania’s school children have iron deficiency anemia, and at least one-quarter of these students are Vitamin A deficient.
During famine or farming periods when food is scarce, many children forego school in search of food or income to buy food. Dropout rates also increase significantly among school children who do not receive lunch.
The non-profit is operating consistently with the “four pillars” guidelines of the Feed the Children organization. The guidelines advocate initially feeding the children, then fixing run-down conditions in the schools and then introducing self-subsisting projects to the community that will allow villagers to ultimately help themselves and their schools. Donations for the Tindegani school lunch program, or any of Lalafofofo’s ongoing service projects can be made online at Lalafofofo.org.
The Vaughans who founded the body continue to raise awareness and funds for the villages surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro, and to empower U.S. families to participate in global volunteerism through a variety of affordable service projects..
The nonprofit organization also requests for donation from well meaning individuals and organizations around the world.