Location : Burkina Faso, rural communes

Children live far away from schools and most of them have to walk to school. Non-stop day system at school without a noon recess does not allow children to go home at noon. As for children who could go home, they do not always find something to eat. Children are late coming back to school because they live far away or have not found anything to eat and therefore have a hard time walking back to school with an empty stomach.

Teachers have great difficulty delivering afternoon classes because students are less attentive. In addition, because of insufficient meals, they are weaker and often get sick. Therefore they miss many school days.

Having a school canteen therefore allows students to learn better. Thanks to this, the success rates of these schools for the promotion to next grade have increased.

Overall objective: improve academic performance for schoolchildren.

Specific objectives:

  • Help meet the nutritional needs of students by providing a meal at lunch time
  • Improve students’ attendance and concentration.


Duration of the program: throughout the school year

Beneficiaries: students of 9 schools

  • Paalga, 450 students
  • Guéré A, 480 students
  • Guéré B, 380 students
  • Kandarzana A, 500 students
  • Kandarzana B, 120 students
  • Yarsé, 210 students
  • Oueloghin, 500 students
  • Bakago, 190 students
  • Sarogo, 190 students

Activities :

Morija supports the Pupils’ Parents Associations in setting up school canteens. Parents are involved just as well in the management of canteens as in their supply.
In some schools, the two canteens ladies are mothers of students who have been trained in personal and food hygiene practices.