Over the Christmas holiday, MCC children and guardians were treated to a quality gift of food provisions. Each household received packets of wheat flour, rice and cooking oil. The Centre's daily meals program received accolades and gifts of addtional provisions from the County Government of Makueni, to supplement our Centre's food distribution. MCC has begun to provide dairy goats for many of the households to add nutritious milk to their diets. In 1998, we started out delivering food to 73 children three days a week. Today we feed over 350 children daily and cover the cost of all basic needs (food, health, education, shelter, emotional support) for 565 children. In addition, we provide the households of those children additional supplementary bulk food with some support available to the guardians of the households too. We are grateful for the continued support of our donors who help us expand and maintain the meals support to our children.
Dec 27, 2018
Holiday Food Baskets Bring Families Together
By Diana Richardson - Project Leader
Basic nutrition in Kenya has become more expensive than ever in 2018. Wheat prices have been rising since August in Kenya, as much as 15%, which makes a household's food budget more difficult to manage.Your help is making a difference for families during the holidays.
Through your donations, Makindu Children's Program delivered Holiday Food Baskets to 380 households this week. This food will become celebratory meals to as many as 2,000 children and the guardians who parent them. Your generosity helps to not only feed these vulnerable children, it also helps the children engage in and maintain their spiritual beliefs, ceremonies and traditions in the home and community and nurtures their sense of belonging.
Many households will make a holiday dish like Sukuma Wiki, a traditional Kenyan dish that is prepared with collard greens, tomatoes and onions and typically served with ugali. Sukuma wiki is simple, with few ingredients but is packed full of nutrients. It consists of greens, tomatoes and onion sautéed until soft. Raw collard greens have a slightly bitter taste to them, but sautéing softens them and when cooked with the tomato and onion they have a softer, more pleasant, flavor profile. The greens provide vitamins A, K, and C. The finished dish is full of flavor and texture. For holiday meals, adding cooked meat or different vegetables such as bell pepper or carrots gives it extra flavor and heartiness.
Thank you so very much for making the holidays merrier for the children May the new year bring you peace, health and prosperity!
With the generosity of our donors and the funds raised to date, Wayua's new business venture as a dressmaker is off and running. She has been able to get the tools and supplies she needs. She has already achieved her certificate in dressmaking, and has enrolled in a small business coaching program. We now conclude our fundraising for launching her dressmaking business with confidence that her hard work and creativity will bring her self-sufficiency. Her smile speaks for itself and she has expressed her gratitude to Makindu for partnering with her. This small effort demonstrates the mission of Makindu Children's program which strives to create a healthy community where the children experience love, care and support, even as they become young adults.