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How are free lunches improving grades in Burkina Faso?

A school food program is nourishing scholastic achievement

By Patrice Zongo, communications manager, Burkina Faso

Child Eats Lunch

It was recess when we reached the primary schoolyard in Baskouré, a rural community in Central East Burkina Faso.


Children were running back and forth on the chilly morning, playing and exchanging stories about their recent school break.


They were happy to be back at school. For many, school life has improved significantly, especially at lunchtime when they receive a meal, care of Christian Children’s Fund of Canada supporters.


The change has had a noticeable impact on the children who didn’t always have food to eat at lunch. Now cooks earn a small incentive to prepare vegetables, beans, rice and more.


“This year, the school district ranked top. This is why the provision of food is as important as the provision of educational material,” said Mahamoudou Bikienga, head of the local school district, which serves 16 schools. “When children do not have food, it is [uncertain if they’ll] start and finish the school year. This is why CCFC’s contribution was highly important. We were the unique school to have a total food provision. And, this contributed to our achievement at the end of the year.”


We’re conscious of the impact of nutrition in the development of children — especially when it comes to supporting cognitive growth at school.


Thanks to our donors who have made it possible for children to learn comfortably with food in their stomachs and encouragement in their hearts.


Help provide food to those in need.


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About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada works globally to support children and youth who dream of a better world. For nearly 60 years, we’ve brought together diverse people and partnerships, driven by a common belief: education extends beyond the walls of a classroom and is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world. We focus on breaking barriers preventing access to inclusive, quality education for all, especially girls.