The RAH Africa Hunger Eradication Programme consists of various activities that involve donors, volunteers and beneficiaries. The process begins with the securing of donations to host Meal Packaging Events, and culminates in the distribution of meals through the Results Oriented Nutrition Programme called ECD Connect. This programme monitors and evaluates the progress of beneficiaries, ensuring maximum impact.
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Key to the programme is a series of meal packaging events, where volunteers package the meals. The meals are highly nutritious and comprise of rice, soya, dehydrated vegetable mix and a fortification pack of 23 essential minerals and vitamins specifically formulated to combat malnutrition (complying with the UNICEF standard).
The meal packaging event is a fun and engaging way for volunteers to be part of the drive to end child hunger. 40 volunteers can package 10 000 meals in under two hours! Our volunteers range from children as young as four years old to senior citizens. Scholars that volunteer are awarded a Community Service Certificate.
Given the efficiencies of hosting of meal packaging events, we are able to scale the event from one benefiting a single ECD to a series of packaging events that would benefit an entire community.
The key focus of our Results Oriented Nutrition Programme is to assist ECD's to develop their facility sufficiently to qualify for registration with the Department of Social Development, meeting all the legislative requirements of the Children’s Act. The programme does not foster dependency but empowers the ECD's which secures their sustainability.
An ECD is assessed according to its developmental stage, as well as its food needs and current income from fees. From this assessment RAH Africa agrees to supply the ECD between 3 to 5 meals per learner per week for a pre-determined period. Typically, these ECD's will not yet have met the requirements of the Children’s Act to qualify for government grants. The ECD's are identified in partnership with the Donor, local government and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the ECD field.
RAH Africa guides the ECD in designing a development plan. Key to developing compliant ECD's is infrastructural and educational needs that focus on providing learners with a safe, hygienic and a productive environment. Examples of results that are achieved are; the purchasing of a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, installing toilets, purchasing teaching equipment, and the training of educators. The savings accumulated by the ECD is made available because their expenditure on food reduces. These savings are redirected to achieve registration requirements.
- Each ECD is monitored on a monthly basis on progress of an outcomes development plan. An impact assessment of results achieved is submitted to the donor, hopefully securing further funding. Unregistered ECD's can be identified by the Donor providing for additional staff for participation in this programme. Donors may also appoint a volunteer team to engage with the distribution process, which includes measuring results achieved.
RAH Africa distributes a Bi-annual report which outlines the number of ECD’s we engage with, number of meals distributed and beneficiaries reached.