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How School Feeding has Changed Attitudes of Young Learners

Maluit Duop Yong lives in Tharwang, about 30 minutes from Kopout Primary School where he studies. He is 9 years old and survives only with a single parent after his mother died just when he was five. His family is poor; his mother absent and the father weak and unable to meet the household food needs alongside that of four other siblings. In class one, he is one of the beneficiaries of emergency feeding project being implemented by Christian Mission for Development (CMD) supported by funds from South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) A hungry stomach, difficult conditions back home and a broken heart is how he describes his experience before the cereal meal now served at school.

“I walk a long way to school every morning without breakfast. We cannot afford it and my father is never home most of the time. My brothers are too little and I feel sorry for them.”

Maluit is among the 750 children who continue to benefit from lunch meals served at the center school. Together with his brother, 6, they have been actively participating in school activities since the project was kick-started about a month ago. “It has helped me focus in class. I don’t feel much hungry during school days as I used to before. Most importantly, I can now stay in school the whole day, everyday, work hard to be a good person. I want to help my father”He now hopes for an improved school community and that the program goes a long way to help them solve the problems of malnutrition and hunger after prolonged droughts and decades of fighting that interrupts efforts to do farming in the community

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