Lidia Francisco is 13 years old and has 7 brothers. Her mother is a farmer and her father is disabled and she’s cherished at the SLM school where she radiates joy! Lidia is very intelligent, she’s on the 7th grade and her favourite subjects are Maths, Portuguese and English.
During the dramatic floods of 2013 Lidia missed school for several days. Currently there are still many days where there is no food at the house. Now Lidia never misses school because besides learning she will receive a warm meal with the School Meals at Santa Luísa de Marillac.
Loving and generous with her friends, Lidia always asks ALG to continue the School Meals Programme, because several children like her are hungry at home and having some food at school is wonderful!
This year we are extremely proud of Lidia’s grades: Portuguese (13), Maths (14), Music (15), PE (13), Social Sciences (12), English (14), Moral and Civic Education (13), Visual Arts (13), Crafts (14) and Natural Sciences (14). Her annual average of 14 is so high that at a state school she wouldn’t have to do any more exams!
With this ALG’s hugely ambitious programme 800 children, between 7-18 years of age, receive a daily nutritious free lunch in the school patio. For c. £27’727 per year it is ALG’s greatest project launched after the 2013 floods – with only £3 we can feed a chid for a whole month. Free meals increase school attendance rates, children’s results and the joy of underprivileged children. The girls no longer have to stay at home to cook. Happy the 800 little ones wait anxiously in line to empty the giant pots of food. Lunch is a true success in Santa Luísa de Marillac!