At Hagar’s Community Learning Centre in Cambodia, all of the students who attend our school come from low-income families. Unlike children who grew up and live under “normal” circumstances, these children have suffered trafficking and severe abuse and as a result, they have missed many years of schooling. Hagar provides an accelerated learning programme in the School which allows students to complete two school grades in 12 months, enabling them to reach their cohort age and be reintegrated into the government school for secondary and high school education within three years.
To further enhance the students’ learning ability, we started providing breakfast and recess snacks to all students since 2014 and a number of support services to improve their general health and well-being. Because of their impoverished and complex backgrounds, we oftentimes see children turning up for school hungry and lethargic due to lack of food and poor nutrition.
As a result of a shortage in funding last year, we had to cut back our provision of soy milk and nutritious corn snacks from 5 days a week to 3 days. These snacks are specially fortified foods that prevent nutritional deficiencies.
Help us reinstate our food programme so that these students will get fed each time when they come to school. Thank you for giving today.