It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
Tur Mucha Mester Kome - Nou Jij!
On May 11th, a pilot project was launched, which is part of the campaign to eliminate hunger amongst schoolchildren in Curaçao.
The purpose of the campaign "Tur Mucha Mester Kome" is to ensure that there are no children who go to school hungry in the morning. The campaign entails that all children get to eat a balanced meal that includes all the vitamins and minerals needed for the healthy development of the child; three times a day; 365 days a year.
To facilitate this project, the Curaçao International Financial Association (CIFA) has taken the initiative to provide relief as part of their social responsibility program and founded the foundation 'Tur Mucha Mester Kome'.
CIFA hopes that others will also join in to ensure the continuity of this project, which started at the VSO - ZMLK Marieta Alberto school on May 11th, 2017. At this school, there are twelve children who need additional meals.
The Lions Club ensures that these children receive breakfast every school day; we will ensure that the children receive a balanced meal in the afternoon and evening each school day, and three balanced meals every day of the weekend and every holiday.
Donations are required for this project; both from the private sector and from the rest of the community. There will be the possibility of adopting a child, a class or even a whole school; and there will be the possibility to support the project with specific tailor-made services, manpower or products.
The Tur Mucha Mester Kome Foundation works closely with psychologists who help the parent / guardian / family to remedy the situation at home. There are also experienced advisors who can advise the family at different levels. The foundation works with the school boards, guidance counselors and churches; all of which will make an inventory of the number of children eating less than three times a day, and that are suffering from hunger. The intention is to organize lectures at neighbourhood centers in the future to inform the community about this topic as well.
This program is based on the concept of INCLUSION, we are all part of the community, we are all part of the problem and the solution; the private sector, the government, the people; the whole society! With this project, the foundation hopes that the private sector, the government and the entire Curaçao community will join forces to help our children and thus be a part of the SOLUTION!