ABOUT BND

In 1986 the Bureau de Nutrition et Développement (BND) was formed by Rob J. Padberg at the behest of Caritas Nederland and COHAN (Comité de Coopération Haitiano-Néerlandaise).  The latter was determined, in view of the increasing size of the program and a general re-orientation of her overall activities, to separate themselves from the Food Aid program they were executing with the assistance of the EEC and the European NGO Caritas Nederland/Stichting Mensen in Nood.  However, COHAN was looking to find another organization which could continue this important program in Haiti, a program which existed since the early 1970's.  At the same time two other programs were operational in Haiti, funded by the EEC under the auspices of Father Sjef Claessens/Secofa and Father Laurence Bohnen/Pères Salésiens (Petites Ecoles du Père Bohnen), assisted respectively by the European NGO's Caritas Secours International (Brussels, Belgium) and PROTOS (Ghent, Belgium). These projects were actively seeking an opportunity to transfer their food aid activities to another NGO due to a lack of managerial expertise and the difficult socio-political climate of the late 1980's. BND is thus a Haitian, non-profit, apolitical, non-confessional, Non Governmental Organization. BND operates under the laws of the Republic of Haïti.

BND has intensified its activities in rural rather than urban areas and has sought to partner with the Haitian government, other NGO's, partner organizations, and its beneficiaries. Since September, 2000, BND, by request of the EU, has ceased all social projects such as asylums, orphanages, hospitals and other health-related projects to concentrate exclusively on school canteens.  Since the early 1970's the schools in the various programs received a hot lunch and some 26,000 children, in the slums of Port-au-Prince, received an "Early Morning Snack" (sugared fresh milk and a bun) at the start of the school day.  For the 2001-2003 term, BND will provide a warm meal to approximately 150,000 children from 312 schools (pre-schools and primary schools) situated in rural, urban, and semi-urban areas.  At the same time during 2002, with the help of the EU, a pilot project was started which will eventually replace the traditional BND "Early Morning Snack" by a new snack based on local ingredients and with a better shelf life, at the same time also targeting rural schools which are in compliance with the criteria to benefit from this program.  This program is carried out under the supervision of the local EU Delegation together with the World Food Program (WFP) in Haïti and the local government program PNCS (Programme National de Cantines Scolaires), who also executed snack programs in their beneficiary schools.