After a long day at Tacuba school in El Salvador, nine-year-old Ada walks down a rugged, dirt path to her home perched on a rural hillside. Her mother, Rosa, watches for her daughter to come down the path and wonders where their next meal will come from.
“Of course I want to feed Ada but sometimes I just can’t,” says Rosa. That painful reality is evident in her eyes. There are three generations living in this small home with dirt floors and sheet-metal walls.
But, through Convoy of Hope’s children’s feeding initiatives at Ada’s Latin America Childcare school, she is able to receive the nourishment that is missing at home. She now eats daily at school and Rosa says she’s much more motivated and healthier. Ada’s family also benefits from Convoy of Hope’s take home feeding program at the school.
“We’ve been focusing on expanding our feeding initiatives in El Salvador to reach more children like Ada and her family,” says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. “When we can also feed children at home, it tends to have a more positive affect on their overall health and performance in school.”
Convoy of Hope now feeds all 172 children at the school and sends a bag of food home with each child once a month.
“I’m grateful to eat at school,” says Ada, whose favorite subject in school is literature. “Now my stomach doesn’t hurt and I learn faster.”