Askinosie Chocolate commits to supporting Malagos Elementary school to develop a training module for replicating the Product of Change school feeding program, and to help implement the program in one other school in Davao. After four years of successfully feeding all of the children at Malagos Elementary (264,000 meals so far) the school will now transition to managing and funding the entire lunch program on its own. Additionally, with Askinosie Chocolates support, the school will teach another local Davao school how to replicate and implement the meal program. This will be the first effort to expand the program through school-to-school learning.
As of late 2015, Malagos has already drafted a workbook detailing the steps necessary to implement A Product of Change lunch program. Specifically, the school has established an organizational structure of both parent and teacher committees which are integral to the success of the lunch program, addressing financial management, reporting, food buying, and data collection on student nutrition (measured by wasting rates). Drawing from this module and from its experience managing this program in the Philippines and Tanzania, Askinosie will help formulate a budget for daily lunches, monitoring monthly expenses to ensure available funding, promote cooperation between parents and teachers celebrating successes, regularly communicate with a school liaison, and provide structure controls to prevent corruption and theft. Askinosie will also monitor school reports of attendance and test score results.
Askinosie Chocolate will select a new school in Davao with suggestions from Malagos, with an anticipated reach of 800 students for a total of 160,000 meals provided. The school will be selected before January 2016. Malagos will review the final workbook with the new school administrators, teachers and parents. Malagos has agreed to provide mentorship and travel to the new school in order to provide guidance and assistance as the new school begins this program.
-Askinosie Chocolate will select a new elementary school in Davao, Philippines to receive the Product of Change program.
-Malagos Elementary school officials will visit the new school.
-Baseline height and weight data, school attendance, and test scores for all students will be collected and reported to Askinosie.
-Representatives from Askinosie Chocolate will visit the school to meet with administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Askinosie will inspect the Tableya production process.
Askinosie representatives will inspect the 1,000 Tableya units ready for shipment to the U.S.
Askinosie will receive the Tableya via container ship during Q2 2016 and begin selling it immediately.
Askinosie will begin funding school lunches (via ATM deposit) at the new school with 100% of the sale proceeds from the Tableya on June 1, 2016. The new school PTA and Finance Committee will document monthly and transmit to Askinosie the expenses and ATM withdrawals related to the program.
Comparison height, weight and attendance and test score data will be collected and reported by December 15, 2016. Representatives from Malagos will visit the new school in each quarter of 2016 and report to Askinosie its findings.
Askinosie Chocolate representatives will personally visit the new school again in Q1 2017 and begin discussing the sustainability plan for the PTA to fully assume responsibility for the program by June 1, 2017.
Askinosie Chocolate began buying cocoa beans from Davao, Philippines in 2008 for its bean to bar craft chocolate business. The overwhelming majority of the countrys cocoa farmers reside on this island. Soon after, the company developed a relationship with Malagos Elementarya local elementary school attended by children of many of the cocoa-farming families that Askinosie works with. Of the 800 students at Malagos, one in eight were suffering from severe malnutrition. To address this, Askinosie worked with the Malagos parent-teacher association (PTA) and launched Product of Changea business opportunity that empowered the parents to help finance a school nutrition program for their children. Under this program, the parents manufactured a traditional hot chocolate drink called Tableya, sold it to Askinosie at cost, and Askinosie added the product to its cocoa bean shipments traveling to the U.S. at no cost to the farmers. Askinosie Chocolate then sold the Tableya to consumers and transferred all proceeds back to Malagos Elementary school to finance a nutrition program. As of 2015, the rate of malnutrition at Malagos Elementary has dropped to zero (measured by wasting, per UN standards), and the Product of Change program has also been launched in another of Askinosies cocoa sourcing areas in Kyela, Tanzania.
While the Product of Change approach has been highly successful at Malagos, malnutrition remains a widespread problem at many other schools in the Philippines. There is an opportunity to expand the program sustainably through school-to-school learning. Between its two schools, the program has provided over 540,000 lunches and is supporting nearly 1,600 students per day. In order to scale these nutrition interventions for cocoa-farming families, Askinosie is seeking to empower schools and PTAs to run the program on their own and to create training modules that can bring the program to other neighboring schools, while at the same time reducing Askinosies own role in implementing the program.