Together We Give – so they can Eat, Grow and Study
While in sub-Saharan African countries there are millions of children going hungry every day, the situation is especially dire in Kibera, the largest slum on the continent on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya where hundreds of thousands live in extreme poverty, earning less than $1 per day.
About three years ago, Bread and Water for Africa® initiated a partnership with the Seed Foundation which operates the Seed School in Kibera providing an education, and hope, to hundreds of children who are literally among the poorest in the world, to provide its students with two meals each school day.
Seed Foundation director Patrick Odongo explained that the school “strives at transforming the lives of these children by offering them hope through education and giving them regular meals while they are at school.
“The grant came in very handy to support our feeding program for the children whose parents can barely manage to provide food for their children,” he told us.
This year, on Giving Tuesday November 29 we hope to once again be able to fulfill Patrick’s request for $20,000 to feed the students for an entire school year.
Patrick is quick to note that while all of the students attending the Seed School know they are fortunate to be there and are eager to learn, they also arrive each morning secure in the knowledge that they know when they will be receiving their next meals, something not guaranteed at home.
Because the children receive daily, balanced meals of maize meal (cornmeal which is used to make the Kenyan staple, ugali), porridge, beans, rice, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, green vegetables and fruits, “this has prevented stunting and malnutrition,” he said.
“The feeding program ensures that there is constant class participation throughout the term,” Patrick reported. “When the children are assured of receiving regular meals at school their level of attendance increases.”
On this Giving Tuesday, we ask that you give what you can to help us feed the children of Kibera for another year as they strive to build better lives for themselves as they reach adulthood.