The SHN program is running very well. IFA continues to provide 164 students of two elementary schools with a nutritious daily meal, which is always enjoyed by the students with such positive feedback. In addition, IFA has made improvements to the dining rooms, conducted baseline surveys in both schools and improved the procurement system by employing contract suppliers.
Some of the different foods that make up IFA's weekly menu for the students
IFA is now moving into the next phase of the program to make it sustainable by building a bakery in each school. The construction of the first bakery at Agazian No.2 Primary School will start in December 2014, and IFA is working closely with the Nifas Silk Sub-city Finance and Economy Development Office to ensure all rules and regulations are being met.
Meanwhile Nardos Alemayehu, our Project Coordinator, is doing an excellent job overseeing the program for both schools. He will shortly be providing more training for the cooks as well as starting a health education teaching program for the students, which will include such topics as hygiene, nutrition and prevention of disease.
To ensure and accelerate the completion of these vital projects IFA has submitted proposals for several grants that should respond soon. IFA will provide you with regular progress reports on these grants as well as the bakery's construction.