It is with great satisfaction that we begin the school year in Senegal this year, not only because we know we will be serving over 10,000 lunches to students and helping them learn through the School Garden project, but because we are moving closer to our goal of sustainability. Each summer, the school makes a budget for the upcoming year and calculates how much money they need from us to keep the project running. The first full year they requested over $4,000.
Each year the school learns how to effectively manage their money, limit cost increases, and generate more revenue for the project. This year, they have requested only $400 for the entire year! They project that they will be able to fund the remainder of the school lunch project’s $8,000+ budget themselves!
We are thrilled to be entering a new stage where we have to focus less energy on sustaining the program and can refocus on how to grow and build the program.