As part of our series of lessons on staying healthy, AoC is teaching students about the importance of eating a varied diet that balances starchy carbohydrates, protein, and vitamin-rich vegetables like spinach and broccoli. In Rwanda, most people’s diets are very heavy in starchy carbohydrates like potatoes and cassava, foods which provide energy and are cheap and easy to grow but are nutritionally poor. Unlike other African countries, we rarely see starving children in Rwanda but we do see a lot of undersized and weak kids who have most likely suffered from nutritionally-poor diets most of their lives.
While AoC can’t change the habits of our students’ parents, who are ultimately responsible for their diets, we still feel it’s important to educate the children about good nutrition so that the kids can make smart decisions when given a choice about food. We also encourage students to share the lessons with their parents in hopes that the whole family may develop healthier eating habits.