Lifesong Blogger - meaning that they will send us information once a quarter or so for us to post. So all of the information below comes from them. I only have to figure out how to post all of the HTML information they sent!
We're excited to share their ministry with the goal of spreading the vision for orphan care. There are opportunities for everyone to be involved! Some of their ministries include: Adopt an Orphanage, Both Hands (one hand helping widows, one hand helping orphans), Becoming an Orphan Advocate (lots of folks who are using their talents and businesses for orphan care), etc. So here goes our first post for Lifesong. Check out their ministry.
We found many of the students in the Ziway Lifesong School were coming to school hungry and brought no food for lunch. Teachers complained of lack of attention on the students’ part. Lifesong initiated a school feeding program in November, 2009, for all 300 students at the school.
For breakfast each receives fafa, a porridge-like food that provides the nutrients that each growing child needs. The lunch menu rotates through a cycle of fish soup, the national foods of shiro and injera, vegetable beef soup, and pasta.
Now that the Adami Tulu Nursery School has re-opened, Lifesong has also started a similar breakfast and lunch feeding program there.
The Ziway school feeding program, in which 300 children are fed two meals each day, has been very successful. Caregivers, teachers, and the students themselves report that they are much healthier, more attentive in class, and have more muscle and skin tone.
Sustaining the program of feeding each student a nutritious breakfast and lunch at the Adami Tulu School will take additional funding and special logistics. However, if it is God’s will, we know that He will provide what is necessary for the feeding program. On the first day of the feeding program, all students were measured for their height and weight and this data was recorded. Several children were found to be malnourished. Now that we have this statistical data, we intend to monitor the students’ progress.
In Ethiopia, $3 feeds 1 child for a month!