The project W4W: Lunches for Children is one of the projects of the charitable company WOMEN FOR WOMEN, o.p.s., which helps parents with children who find themselves in a difficult life situation that they cannot cope with on their own, but they actively approach to solving their problems. More detailed information about the company and its other projects can be found on the website of WOMEN FOR WOMEN, o.p.s.
The project was founded by Ms. Ivana Tykač, Director of WOMEN FOR WOMEN, o.p.s., on 12 September 2013, after a report on the Czech Television show 168 hours (Sunday 8 September 2013) about starving children (watch the episode here).
The aim of the W4W: Lunches for Children project is to help children who find themselves in a life situation where their parents cannot afford to pay for their school lunches. Children whose situation is long-term, who have no prospect of improvement and for whom school canteen lunches can often be the only regular hot meal, even though their parents are trying to address the situation.
Our partners in this project are primary schools or school canteens, which are independent contributory organisations. As a matter of principle, we do not provide financial contributions directly to the children’s families.
The aid is provided directly through primary schools on the basis of a donation contract so that the lunches actually reach the children, it does not further complicate the situation of their parents and the aid cannot be abused. Close and active cooperation with primary schools is therefore necessary. School principals, with the cooperation of teachers, identify children in need according to their long teaching experience. The application is dealt with individually with each primary school. Children have their lunches paid for until the end of the school year. The project is nationwide and any primary school in the Czech Republic can apply.
The W4W: Lunches for Children project is not “just about food”, but also helps children in other important aspects:
- provides children with regular, balanced and hot meals;
- protects children from being excluded from their peers;
- contributes to improving children’s school attendance and performance.
Further information about the project
As a matter of principle, we do not provide a financial contribution directly to the families of the children; our partners for the implementation of the project are primary schools or school canteens, which are independent contributory organizations.
We protect the identity of the children involved in the project. The anonymity of their data is guaranteed and we do not publish the names of the children and families involved in the project. The school to which the child attends knows who they are, of course, but maintains rules and discretion when dealing with contributions and providing lunches. The project is very fragile in this respect.
Donors do not support specific children, but the project as a whole. Aid is drawn according to the actual situation. Donors’ financial support can, after individual consultation, be directed to a specific region, for example. Primary schools account for unused advances and return any overpayments (illness, absence from school) to the project’s transparent account. This is also enshrined in the donation agreement.
Watch a video from the campaign as part of the charity’s partnership with Czech Television and Whole Country Bakes, which aired from March to May 2022.