My church began supporting a school through this program several years ago. The money we send buys local food, which is prepared for the students by mothers in the community. For some children, the meal we provide is the only meal they get all day. By feeding the children at school, we help them to complete a 6th grade education. In this part of the world, that much education will qualify them for apprenticeship programs and a route out of poverty. Without that education, they are only qualified for manual labor in the fields. Lunches for Learning is not only feeding children, but it is helping to break the cycle of poverty.
In my travels to 50 different countries, I have never seen any program as efficient, effective, and impactful as Lunches for Learning on the lives of young children living in poverty. Lunches for Learning not only enables young children to complete their education, but encourages them to do so. Completing their education will positively affect them and future generations to come.
The mission of L4L is to provide a nutritious lunch to elementary studenta at their school; thereby, giving the child an opportynity is stay in school. If the child stays in school, he/she will enter the work force as a literate individual.The L4L Program works. In 2005, there were 16 students in first grade and 4 students in 6th grade. Six years later we graduated 15 of the original 16 1st graders.
As a founding member of Lunches for Learning, I have been blessed many times over since I began working with the organization. We started several years ago with our first lunches at the Andrea Gonzalez Elementary School feeding just over 80 kids and today, we feed in excess of 1,400 kids. Support for L4L comes from individual donors and school sponsors to companies and corporations in addition to community and faith-based organizations. After we fed our first lunches, I never really imagined or expected to expand beyond our first school, but with faithful financial supporters combined with the disciplined, committed leadership and oversight by the L4L Board and (and let's not forget some faith) L4L is prepared to feed many more hungry children in rural Honduras to help break the cycle of poverty. After looking into the eyes of child after child during my travels in Honduras, I am forever changed. Simply put, this is my opportunity to give back a portion of which I have been so wonderfully blessed. I know this organization from the inside out and I can think of no better place to lend my time, talents and financial resources.
You won't find a more efficient organization that feeds children. 96% of all donations go directly toward feeding the children of Valle Province in Honduras. This program is transforming communities and will in the end transform the Valle Province. I have been to see the program and the parents and children are so thankful for L4L's support. L4L is making a huge difference in one of the poorest places in the world.
Started in my church, and serving only 82 studens in one Honduran village, Lunches for Learning (L4L) has grown to a regionally-supported charity that serves over a thousand students in a dozen villages. This organization maximizes the return on our investment in several ways: (1) administrative/overhead expenses below 10% of income insure that our donations work at the heart of the need, not subsidizing an advertising budget, (2) requiring village families to participate in daily meal preparation for the students helps to develop that community's involvement and internal solidarity, (3) keeping Honduran children in school through the sixth grade is proven to significantly increase their lifelong employability and personal success.
I have seen regular updates of the progress and impact that this program has, and it is powerful. Villages throughout the Valle District are pleading for the opportunity to be served by it. The only current limitaton is L4L's ability to assure sustainable funding levels (they don't want to get a village started, then drop them due to inadequate funds).
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