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Too Hungry to Learn

By Ken Hulme
The 700 Club




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CBN.com — In one of Costa Rica’s poorest neighborhoods, a Christian school is helping to educate the children. But the school was facing a crisis. Most of the students were hungry, some were even starving; like Jendrick who got emotional when he talked about his friends. 

“I felt sad that we didn’t have anything to eat," he says. "Sometimes if I had money or food, I shared it with my friends.”

For a while, the school had provided meals for the students, but the program closed down when they ran out of money.

Jendrick’s school Principal explained the effect closing the lunch program had on the children and the school. “Unfortunately, because we couldn’t give kids that one meal, many of them dropped out of school.”

Thanks to CBN’s Orphan’s Promise, the school lunch program was able to start up again. Now Jendrick and his friends have a meal every day during school.

To celebrate the reopening of the lunch program, we brought Superbook’s Gizmo to visit. We then showed the kids one of the new episodes from the CBN animated series. 

Jendrick was excited about Superbook. “That day was fun. We learned about Jonah and why the fish swallowed him.”

And thanks to the lunch program sponsored by Orphan’s Promise the kids are doing better in school too!

The principal explains the results. “Academic performance is up this year! We can say that it is directly related to when we restarted the meal program for the kids.”

Jendrick says, “I am so grateful to everyone who helped us. It’s a great gift that you have given to us!”

CBN partners are making a difference in the lives of hurting people throughout the world. If you are not a partner, please join today. Your gifts make it possible to provide a tangible future to those in desperate need, bring medical services to the sick, help feed and clothe children here at home and overseas, and broadcast a message of hope around the world. Become a CBN partner today!

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