Milk packs a nutritional punch that many children in Tanzania don’t get elsewhere in their diets. According to the National Dairy Council, the essential nutrients in milk have numerous benefits to our health. The highlights include:
Protein as a source of energy and build healthy muscle
Calcium to build healthy bones and teeth
Vitamin D to help absorb that calcium and maintain bones
Vitamin A for a healthy immune system, vision and skin
The benefits don’t end there. We know that when school milk feeding programs are given the right kind of support, children have improved growth, development and health and increased school performance and school attendance.
We also expect to see benefits to the community, including:
Parents who take over the role of educating others on the benefits of milk
Vibrant dairy value chain due to increased milk consumption
Overall economic growth, thanks to better local markets
Malkia Mfugale, 6, lives with her parents, who run a small shop in Mlangali village. Malkia loves to read, and wants to become a teacher because she enjoys how her teachers help her learn.
Gift B. Makweta, 5, lives with his parents and grandparents at Ibumila village. His parents are farmers mostly engaged in growing maize and beans as their staple food. Gift says he gets two meals per day, and that he prefers milk as compared to other drinks. He loves learning his numbers. In the future he wants to be a doctor.
Help to bridge the gap between the East Africa Dairy Development dairy farmers and the school children who greatly need freshly pasteurized milk to grow healthy and strong.