Indonesia: Nutritious Meals A Step Towards Good Futures

Juggling life as a vendor, a wife, a homemaker and a mother to four children, a woman rises to the challenge for something she believes in.


JAYAPURA, PAPUA – Located near the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, 39-year-old Sandra Modouw and her family live in Skow Sae Village in Muara Tami Sub-District.  While her husband alternates between farming and fishing, everyday she goes to the local market to sell farm products such as coconut and vegetables to supplement their income. She has also been their village’s cadre for about a year.  

Yet, despite her busy schedule, when she heard about the Local School Meals programme at Skow Sae Elementary School, the school of her daughters, she gladly volunteered to be the cook for the school children.

In June 2012, the World Food Programme (WFP), in view of strengthening government projects geared towards providing local food for school children, collaborated with the Government of Jayapura City to implement a pilot Local School Meals programme. 

Covering 10 primary schools in Muara Tami Sub-District, under the Local School Meals programme, nearly 1,700 students receive nutritious hot snacks (Bubur Tami and Bubur Bum) three times a week, made from local foods such as cassava, sweet potato and pumpkin.

When asked why she volunteered for such a tedious job, she wipes the sweat off her forehead and with a smile on her face says, “Having nutritious meals everyday is a start for the kids to have a brighter future”.