Child Nutrition Programme

Every school day, 20,000 students receive a nourishing 300ml cup of mahewu – a porridge-based drink.

Fortifying young children.

The Malilangwe Trust’s Nutrition Programme gives young learners a healthy platform to work from. Apart from providing much-needed nutrition, headmasters of the schools where these drinks are distributed have confirmed that these drinks are also increasing school attendance.

The system runs in tandem with the Ministry of Health to ensure that all the centres have potable water and appropriately trained personnel administering the project.

The nutritious drinks:

  • boost the children’s health
  • support increased classroom participation
  • help them thrive in school

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Conservation Partner

Malilangwe Trust

As custodians of the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe, the Malilangwe Trust manages the conservation of this pristine wilderness – which comprises 38 different habitats and ecological zones in 115,000 acres of protected land.

After successfully introducing 28 black and 15 white rhinos to the reserve in 1998, it is now home to a globally significant population of both and the programme has been so successful that it is a source for restocking rhinos in other reserves on the continent.

The Trust has developed a blueprint for creating harmony between conservation initiatives and community development in villages that neighbour wildlife areas and ensured a sanctuary for a wide range of wildlife, including breeding herds of rare antelope species such as sable and roan.

An onsite Environmental Education Centre for school teachers and children allows them to immerse themselves in Outdoor Education and fieldwork, while the Trust’s nutrition programme provides 20,000 children with a fortifying meal before school every day in order to address increasing food insecurity in the region.

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