- To help children be as physically and emotionally healthy as possible in their environments. Programs might include vitamin supplementation, supplementary feeding programs, grief counseling, doctor visitation as well as preventative healthcare.
From 2006- 2009, Zimbabwe was in a food crisis and hunger was cited as the biggest concern of our children. Many of our children had no food at home and the agency provided the only meal they had each day. At the time Tsungirirai was slated to feed 150 children but this was not enough. Many of our children could be found taking their plate of food and sharing it with a cousin or a friend whom had not eaten in days. It was during this crisis that we began contributing to the feeding program at the agency so they could feed over 200 children daily.
Although the situation has stabilized in the country, the feeding program is still the backbone of the agency. It provides food to the neediest of our children and a community spirit under the shaded gazebo.
Despite an increase in food security, many children still suffer from malnutrition. Daily lunch brings children to the center and ensures that they receive at least one nutritious meal a day. This is particularly important for those children who are living in child headed households, who are HIV+ and/or have tuberculosis.
The feeding program for 2011 we will provide nutritional support to over 100 of Norton’s neediest children. Additional funds raised for the food program in 2011 will be allocated to repairs in the kitchen, the supplementary feeding program for the HIV positive children , and a much needed outdoor stove and refrigerator.
For the past ten years, students and teachers at Dale Street School in Medfield, MA have raised money to feed the children at Tsungirirai.