A year ago, Nakimera would watch other children run to school while she stayed behind to care for her younger brothers and sisters. But a mere $34 per year helped the shy eight-year-old Ugandan girl take her place among students in the central region in the eastern part of the country. Poor children are enrolling and staying in school, enticed by the daily meals they receive.
“When I wake up in the morning, I get ready to go to school very quickly because I know that good food is waiting for me,” says Nakimera. “I’m happy that I can spend the whole day at school learning and I don’t have to walk the long way home hungry. I like eating rice every day. In my family, we eat rice only two or three times a year.”