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Food Program

” I like coming to the food program because they give me a big plate of food, so I am not hungry.  And I get to play with other children.  I love that they teach me songs and other things.  I feel safe at the food program.  Really safe.”

– Rolande, age 7

Hunger and malnutrition remain a daily reality for the majority of Haitian children and their families. 2018 marked the 18th anniversary of La Manje, the community food program in Ti Plas Kazo administered by Na Rive and funded by the What If Foundation.

As the needs in the community have evolved, Na Rive has adapted to better meet them. There are now three ways your donations provide for the children and families of Ti Plas Kazo:


Every Monday through Friday, the Na Rive cooking team serves a hot, nutritious meal to the children who live nearby. Up to 800 meals are distributed with love each afternoon. Each child who comes for a hot meal receives a plate of fresh vegetables, rice, beans, and sometimes a small piece of meat or fish.


Every school day, students and staff of the Father Jeri School are served lunch in the cafeteria. This is a rare occurrence in Haiti, since most schools do not provide food to their students. But Na Rive knows this daily meal supports the nutritional needs for learning and creates the bonds that nurture a powerful sense of community.


A substantial part of the community Na Rive served moved to Ti Plas Kazo after the 2010 earthquake, when a tent settlement was established there for those who had lost their homes. In October 2016, the Haitian government dismantled that tent community, forcing hundreds of families to leave. These families — who had been relying on the food program for years — are now miles away from the place they have come to consider home, without permanent housing or enough income to reliably purchase food. To address this need, Na Rive created a food pantry where these displaced families can pick up rice and beans to cook at home. Up to 60 families visit the food pantry each week, keeping nutrition on their tables and saving them from walking miles to Ti Plaz Kazo every day.

To learn more about the history of the food program, click here.