Porridge And Rice (uji Na Mchele)

School Feeding Programme

We currently feed 500 school children each school day in the Nairobi slums; we aim to raise this to 1000. Hunger is a serious problem in the slums and prevents children from studying effectively. We feed as we believe education will empower these children to improve their lives and their society.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 4 December 2014 to 5:00 PM, 17 December 2014

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1155841)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£12,500

Donations

7

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

Situation

Many school children in the Nairobi slums go to school hungry every day either through poverty or neglect. They complain of sore stomachs, struggle to focus in lessons, and are frequently absent undermining their education. The consequences are not just short term though. The children's long term health can be seriously impaired leading to a life of illness and underachievement. Our feeding programmes in community schools aim to address the consequences of hunger in both the short and long term.

Solution

We set up a feeding programme in a community school. For breakfast, the children are provided with mugs of Uji (a sorghum wheat porridge). Enough is provided for each child to have at least two mugs. For lunch the children receive vegetable stew on rice four days a week, and meat stew on rice one day a week. The vegetables served are chosen to what is available locally in each season. Finally, each child receives a piece of fruit after lunch; the fruit is determined by what is in season locally.