Nutrition for Change
Peru is a third-world country where 10 million people (36.2% of the total population) live under the poverty line, almost three million (12.6%) of which live in extreme poverty. In rural areas, 25% of the people live in extreme poverty—nearly double the national average (World Food Programs). In addition, more than 18% of Peruvian children under the age of five suffer from chronic under-nutrition, and over 37% have anemia (National Institute of Statistics).
Peruvian Hearts participates in the Nutrition for Change to help children get the food they need for successful lives. Many of the children NfC serves walk 2-3 hours to and from school, and the only nutrition they receive during the school day comes from NfC. Since implementing NfC in schools in the Sacred Valley region and Colca Canyon, directors have noticed a dramatic increase in overall attendance, and grades have improved as well. These children are better prepared to stay awake and attentive during class.
Sindy Ruth, who is 10 years old, is one of hundreds of schoolchildren who receive lunch and a multivitamin every day in the Lamay NfC program.
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