Mrs. Evelyn’s Story: Meal-a-thon 2017
This is Mrs. Evelyn. Her children attend the A2S After School Academy.
Did you know?
The After School Academy relies on mothers of our kids to volunteer to prepare lunch each day. Not only does the academy create a safe atmosphere, but also a familiar one. Our kids see faces they recognize and eat favorite foods. Also, produce is purchased from community farmers to support the local economy.
Mrs. Evelyn has been a volunteer since the academy opened. “Cooking has been my hobby since I was a teenager and seeing the children at the academy enjoy the meals I cook gives me great joy,” she said.
Mrs. Evelyn is a widow with three children, living in a one-room apartment. “When my husband died, leaving me with three children, life became so unbearable. I was confused and perplexed about the future of my children because there was no help coming. Feeding became a huge problem because the little money I make from my petty trading didn’t cover the cost of three square meals for me and my children. Some days, I have to starve myself from breakfast and lunch just to save enough to cater for the needs of my children”.
Her three children, Aimua (6th grade), Joshua (3rd grade) and Marvellous (1st grade) attend public school and go to the ASA. The feeding program at the ASA has helped her children tremendously since its inception. “When my children come back from the ASA, the first thing they tell me after greeting is the delicious meal they had at the academy, with so much joy all over their faces. They also tell me what they learned”. She is also grateful to God who used the ASA to positively affect her children’s academic performance. Her greatest wish is to see her children go to school up to the university level and become useful people in the society.
A2S has served over 330,000 meals since 2013. Our mission is to provide sustainable programs that generate positive change for Nigerian children and their communities.