Harpenden Spotlight On Africa

Food and water for children in Uganda

Install wood efficient stove and a rainwater harvesting system to MCS primary school in Musoto, Uganda to provide eco-friendly meals and water to 1300 children. In-school feeding increases attendance, is key to educational attainment and improves health, nutrition and ultimately economic development

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1117585)

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Campaign target

£5,000

Amount raised

£10,605

Donations

25

    Category

    Helping

Location

Situation

Many families in Eastern Uganda can’t afford a bowl of porridge a day and don’t have access to clean water. School meals are often the only source of food for many children. MCS whose pupils have increased from 70 to 1300 since opening in 2006, only has two woodburning stoves and needs another to cater for the 700,000 meals provided annually. Lack of clean water will be helped by rainwater harvesting reducing pressure on the existing borehole and introducing the concept to the community.

Solution

It will enable MCS to cook more meals and cope with increasing demand. School meals improve childhood development, learning, cognitive function, concentration, memory and incentivise attendance. Rainwater harvesting via water collection and tank storage system is an effective, sustainable solution to water shortage prevalent in this area. Food and sufficient clean water strengthen immune systems, reduce severity of diseases ultimately reducing morbidity and increase positive life chances.