OUR PROJECTS > SCHOOL NUTRITIONAL PROGRAMME


This project aims to improve nutritional and health standards of primary school children by developing better school meal programmes and educating children and school staff about the importance of a varied diet.

A 2012 study conducted by Makerere University with support from UNICEF found that 43% of children under 5 years old suffered from stunted growth caused by malnutrition. Most children of this age receive the majority of their food from schools, who do not currently consider the nutritional value of their meals, instead prioritising cost. As a result school food generally comprises a limited range of ingredients with little menu variation, therefore schools themselves are contributing to the children's poor developmental status.

Beginning as a pilot scheme in one or two schools, varied menus comprised of fairly priced, locally available foods will be drawn up and kitchen staff trained in their preparation and importance. Thereafter, health outcomes will be measured and published to promote attitude and policy changes in schools across the region, as well as wider cultural appreciation for the necessity of a varied diet. Omushana will eventually aim to personally support 10 schools, totalling approximately 2500 pupils.

This project will enlist the aid of Moses Bashaija, a graduate of institutional catering with 20 years of experience as a chef with emphasis on improvement of food value and hygiene; and Naturinda Nelson, a human clinical nutritionist who has worked with USAID and Bwindi Community hospital in similar areas, and who has been involved in pervious community outreaches regarding nutrition education.