The crisis in Venezuela is impacting every single aspect of life in the country, including children's education.
Klarieth Díaz, a first-grade teacher in one of the biggest schools in Caracas, told Fox News Latino that every day at least 10 of 30 children are absent because of the lack of food.
More recently, Díaz said she has noticed more kids stop eating lunch. While the school used to provide the meal, it halted the service years ago. She said she once saw a child faint during a cultural event.
"When he came to me he told me that he had only eaten an arepa at 10 a.m.," she said. "It was 3 p.m.."
According to a poll from August 2016, 48 percent of the times children don't attend school, the cause is related to food. Either they are too weak due to lack of nutrition, their parents rather use the transportation money to buy food or they are in food lines with parents.
"A child who does not eat well, does not learn well," Díaz explained. "Some children fall asleep and when you investigate what's going on you find out it is because they don't eat. When we see that a child does not bring lunch we have them share; we handle the situation so that they do not feel affected. Children are supportive in that regard."