We provide one nutritious meal everyday to children, women, elders & people with disabilities.
With our soup kitchen project, which will located at the youth center, we target vulnerable populations, aiming to provide one square meal everyday to youth, women, people with disabilities, and the elderly in the region. We do so in order to eliminate food insecurity among the most vulnerable, ensuring local families eat a nutritious diet and maintain sufficient daily caloric intake.
This continues the program NED Africa has maintained for the past six years, which draws people from several Hohoe District villages, at times serving more than 1,000 meals per day.
Nourishing Bodies for Healthy Brains
Since its inception, the soup kitchen has targeted youth, who are undernourished and malnourished, typically eating only one meal per day in the evening with their families. They are left to fend for themselves during the day, and often go to school hungry. There, they stay hungry as the school does not provide them with a meal.
Under- and malnourishment among youth have detrimental and potentially long-term effects on mental and physical health. They can lead to mental retardation, as their brains’ ability to process thought is slowed and cognitive abilities—and thus, their capacity to learn—are diminished. Chronic hunger among children can also lead to the impairment of their sense of sight, taste, and hearing.
As part of its soup kitchen, NED Africa has also provided nutritious meals and treats to commemorate the last day of school for the last six years for 500-600 school children from Hohoe District villages on the Ghana/Togo border.