How we donated 100,000 meals in one year

People living in Germany are for the most part in a comfortable situation. We can eat what we feel like and even make sure to follow a certain diet. We can afford financially to consume only high-quality food. In many places on earth, unfortunately, it is different. One such place is Burundi in East Africa. Civil wars and politically motivated conflicts cause regular turmoil and poverty.

Over three million inhabitants of Burundi suffer from malnutrition. That is almost one third of the population. Children, of all people, are particularly affected by this. Many of them cannot attend school because they are too weak for the often arduous journey to school. Other children have to help out on their parents' farm at an early age and therefore do not receive an education. This creates a tragic vicious circle that keeps the level of education in Burundi constantly low. Attending school would bring the children even more than the chance of education.

School canteens satisfy hunger and increase school enrolment in Burundi

A single hot meal a day ensures that children attend schools in Burundi more regularly. As the meals include locally grown vegetables, the pupils absorb important nutrients. As a result, they are healthier and have more energy for the strenuous journey to school. Almost 100,000 children now receive a healthy and energy-giving meal every day. Welthungerhilfe, among others, is responsible for this. Thanks to this commitment, the school enrolment rate in Burundi has already increased significantly. Numerous donations ensure that more and more schools in the East African country operate a canteen and can thus offer the children a warm meal every day.

In addition, the nationwide school canteens are a way for parents to get involved. They help out in the canteens or maintain the many school gardens where much of the food is grown. Through this work, they learn about modern cultivation and irrigation methods and actively engage with the topic of nutrition. The parents take this knowledge home and apply it in their environment. In this way, families in Burundi also eat a more balanced diet privately and promote their own food cultivation.

Löwenanteil and the school canteen project

In order to sustainably improve the nutrition and hygiene of the pupils in Burundi, Welthungerhilfe launched the "School Canteen" project in 2019. As part of this campaign, latrines and rainwater tanks could be installed, enabling the simplest hygiene measures such as regular hand washing. This alone means that the children are much less likely to fall ill. These hygienic practices are also slowly finding their way into the families' homes. The project also helps small farmers to produce seeds. In the process, they are taught contemporary and gentle cultivation methods. This way, healthy and balanced meals can be prepared for the students every day.

Healthy nutrition is a matter of the heart for Löwenanteil, and we want to make it possible for everyone. That is why we decided a year ago to actively participate in the Welthungerhilfe "School Canteen" project. Our donations are used for all the above-mentioned measures and ultimately ensure that malnourished children receive one warm meal a day. 

We set ourselves the goal of donating 100,000 meals within a year, and with your help, we actually did it! We are so happy and proud that we were able to make a realdifference and support Burundi in a sustainable way.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our goal by buying our products.

Robin & Thomas,
Founders of Löwenanteil