Healthy Learners: Home Grown School Meals in Kenya

by East African Children's Fund
Healthy Learners: Home Grown School Meals in Kenya
Healthy Learners: Home Grown School Meals in Kenya
Healthy Learners: Home Grown School Meals in Kenya
Healthy Learners: Home Grown School Meals in Kenya
Healthy Learners: Home Grown School Meals in Kenya
Healthy Learners: Home Grown School Meals in Kenya
Healthy Learners: Home Grown School Meals in Kenya
Healthy Learners: Home Grown School Meals in Kenya
Healthy Learners: Home Grown School Meals in Kenya
Healthy Learners: Home Grown School Meals in Kenya

Summary

This project ensures that ~ 1,000 children at 3 schools in rural Kenya will eat a nutritious meal each day. The project will: a) fund staple foods purchased from women farmers (maize, beans, rice), b) utilize school land to grow nutrient dense vegetables and fruits to boost the school meals and to increase diet diversity, c) maintain small livestock programs, ie. chickens for eggs, and d) train school youth and other community members in best practices agriculture and nutrition.

$75,000
total goal
$45,210
remaining
21
donors
0
monthly donors
7
months

Challenge

Almost all families in our partner communities in rural Kenya are subsistence farmers, relying on rainfed agriculture for both their income and food source. When harvests are poor, 98% report difficulty paying school fees such as a uniform, and more than half report that they must decide between buying food and paying school fees. About 1/3 of all schoolchildren in Africa are covered by school feeding programs. However, only 20% of East African children receive a meal while in school.

Solution

-School meals promote access to education for those less likely to attend school: girls, young women and the most vulnerable. -School and community garden programs boost the nutritional value of school meals, while teaching school youth important life skills in growing food for future self-sufficiency. -Children are engaged learners when they are no longer hungry, impacting school performance and future economic opportunities.

Long-Term Impact

-Provide school meals to 570 children -Support agriculture programs to boost meals at 3 schools in rural Kenya for ~1,000 children. Impact to date: decrease of 83% for school infirmary visits due to illness. Potential impact: -Improved social justice for most vulnerable via access to education -Strengthened school communities -Increased revenue generating activities for rural women -Improved school performance: focus and literacy -Increased self-sufficiency for school youth -Poverty alleviation.

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Organization Information

East African Children's Fund

Location: St Clr Shores, MI - USA
Website:
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Project Leader:
Lisa Peracchio
St Clr Shores, MI United States
$29,790 raised of $75,000 goal
 
22 donations
$45,210 to go
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