School Milk Programme
In 2011, DAL Food began a pilot School Milk Programme (SMP) in partnership with the Khartoum State Ministry of Education, providing 16,000 underprivileged students in the greater Khartoum area with free daily packs of milk. In 2014, in partnership with the USAID, the SMP reached the Red Sea State, covering 14 schools in Port Sudan and Dordaib. In the 2015-2016 academic calendar year, 4,200 students from Wadi Halfa were added to the SMP.
This addition signifies an increase of the total number of beneficiaries to approximately 26,000 schoolchildren. The SMP aims to alleviate malnutrition, increase students’ overall wellbeing, raise health awareness, and increase school attendance.
For the chosen School Milk Programme schools, the difference a daily pack of milk can make is evident, from rising attendance levels to energized after-school football matches. The drive at the heart of SMP is all about these proven and marked results in the lives of these schoolchildren.
According to teachers, the milk gives school children in SMP schools more energy and restored capabilities to learn, making the most of their time in the classroom and giving them an improved chance at success. Tremendous results such as these have inspired DAL Food’s commitment to see the programme continue and make further steps to ensure the sustainability of the programme.
Role of Donors
In order to guarantee sustainability of the School Milk Programme, it will take committed partnerships with the most successful cooperation allowing the initiative to be scaled up beyond the first few years, replicated in diverse settings, and sustained over time. The SMP is seeking different models of cooperation to engage schools, non-governmental agencies, and local businesses.
The School Milk Programme needs sponsorship partners to sustain its operations. Currently working with donors such as USAID and Cargill, the SMP has proven to be an accountable and transparent operation. All funds are put towards providing milk for student SMP beneficiaries, with DAL covering transportation and storage costs, as well as monitoring and evaluation of the programme.
The School Milk Programme needs sponsorship partners to sustain its operations. To get involved contact firstname.lastname@example.org
DAL Food Sustainable Dairy Model
DAL Food sincerely believes in and supports the mission of the School Milk Programme and wants to make it more than just a successful example of corporate responsibility. It is our hope that the SMP serves as a model for public-private partnership in Sudan, inspiring the rest of the business community to engage in development efforts that alleviate poverty, malnourishment, and support education.
The School Milk Programme not only benefits underprivileged students with safe, good quality milk, but is part of an integrated model helping to develop Sudan’s local dairy farming industry. DAL Food sources its milk locally, from its own farm as well as milk collection centres operating across Khartoum. At these centres, local farmers can sell their product to DAL Food, after which it is transported to a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Khartoum North.
By paying an agreed amount for each litre of milk throughout the year, DAL offers the farmers the privilege of planning future animal purchases and business developments. The local farmers are also provided with technical support on optimum hygiene practices, feeding for better yield, and medical care for their cows.
DAL Food’s strategy to source milk locally seeks to significantly upgrade the industry, by facilitating a boost in milk production and sustainable employment in the sector. DAL Food is modernising the local milk industry in Sudan through long-term partnerships with local farmers, creating shared value for all involved.