El Nino Relief & Recovery School Feeding Initiative

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Rise Against Hunger (RAH) are spearheading a 3-year* school feeding initiative in Southern Africa to provide relief to communities devastated by the El Niño drought and support them on their road to recovery. The initiative targets Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. School feeding programs help curb school dropout rates during times of drought. Baseline assessments conducted by ADRA revealed key challenges in school attendance and participation that adequate and nutritious meals cannot address alone. The complexity of the situation calls for activities complementary to school feeding if we hope to overcome these challenges. They include improving school infrastructure such as kitchens, food storage, and latrines, increasing access to clean water, and establishing school and community gardens. This holistic approach aims to significantly magnify the impact of the program.


ADRA Madagascar is ready to launch the phase 2 of this project that started in 2017 in Ampanihy. The Program addresses school absenteeism due to food insecurity in drought-affected areas in Madagascar. It aims at increasing the resilience of school-age children and improving their access to education in drought-affected communities through a supplementary feeding program for 16,719children from 103 schools in 7 Communes in Ampanihy District. This goal can be reached by (i) improving the nutritional status for school-going children (ii) improving or maintaining the enrolment and attendance of boys and girls in assisted schools and (iii) Involving stakeholders in the Project (staff, local community, and private sector). As per the first year, the project will continue with the same schools that benefit from phase 1 in order to strengthen the positive impacts that have been being observed.


  • Madagascar>Atsimo-Andrefana


  • Education
  • Food Aid
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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