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 Education  Kenya Project #18273

Feed School Children in Kenya

by African Promise
Feed School Children in Kenya
Feed School Children in Kenya
Feed School Children in Kenya
Feed School Children in Kenya
Feed School Children in Kenya
Feed School Children in Kenya
Feed School Children in Kenya
Feed School Children in Kenya
Feed School Children in Kenya
Feed School Children in Kenya
Feed School Children in Kenya
Feed School Children in Kenya

Our ‘Feeding Minds’ lunch programme is now in its sixth full year and continues to provide a vital lifeline for the 2,300 pupils across our partner schools by ensuring they receive a daily term-time meal at school.

Financing the programme – which we have budgeted at £31,500 for 2019 – has not been without its challenges so far this year but we have recently received grant funding from a number of trusts and foundations in the UK and Europe that has secured the future of the programme until the end of the year (assuming there is no unexpected increase in the price of food.)

We are investigating the feasibility of establishing school farms to help with the production of pulses, vegetables and fruit that can be used to support the feeding programme and improve its long-term sustainability with less dependence on our funding. There are significant challenges to successfully implementing such a project in the area where we work though, not least unreliable rainfall and crop-destroying wildlife (mainly elephants). However we hope to pilot a project on a small-scale at one of our smaller partner schools in the near future.

In the short-term we are still looking for monthly recurring donations to reduce our reliance on unpredictable grant funding. Just £3/$5 every month is enough to provide three pupils with a daily lunchtime meal and at the moment all new monthly donations via GlobalGiving are being matched at 100% (a one-time match of the monthly amount).

Our feeding programme has now commenced for a sixth school year, however we are urgently seeking donations so that we can continue the programme next term.

We have sufficient funds in place to meet the cost of the programme up until the end of this current term later this month – indeed we have already purchased the food – but without an injection of at least £5,000 in the next few weeks over the Easter holidays it is difficult to see how we will be able to sustain the programme much beyond the first month or so of next term.

Up to now, this programme has been heavily reliant on grant funding but, in addition to having lost an annual grant worth £7,500 this year, a number of other applications (which could have been worth £15,000 in total) have unfortunately not been successful, leaving us unexpectedly and significantly short of funds.

We need your support again now more than ever. Without our feeding programme most of the 2,500 children across our partner schools will go without a meal at lunchtime, severely affecting their learning and education.

We would be grateful for any donation you can give but we are particularly looking for regular, monthly donations to help us improve the long-term sustainability and security of the programme. A donation of just £3/$5 per month is enough to provide three pupils with a daily lunch.

Please help us maintain this vital programme so that we can continue to encourage children to attend school in the first place and help to keep them there throughout the day.

Thank you.

With schools in Kenya now closed for the long Christmas holidays, our feeding programme has come to a successful end for another year.

Thankfully the year has been far less challenging than the drought-afflicted years of 2016 and 2017, and food prices have continued their downward trend, started towards the end of 2017, throughout the whole of the year. As a result we have been able to provide a daily term-time lunch to all 2,500 pupils across our seven partner schools for 22% less than in 2017, at a total cost of approximately £34,500 (less than £14 per pupil and just 7p per meal!).

Can you support the programme in 2019? 

We have budgeted the programme at around £30,000 for next year. Unfortunately we have lost the support of one of our long-time funders of the programme - whose annual funding was equal to 25% of this budget - as their foundation has been wound up but we remain confident that we will be able to secure the necessary funding from other sources and from our own resources.

*** Donation matching opportunity ***

If you would like to help us deliver this programme in 2019 then you might like to know that the third installment of any new monthly donation started before the 31 December 2018 will be matched at 100%. For example, if you set up a new recurring monthly donation of £/$50 today then we will receive an additional £/$50 after your third monthly donation in February 2019.

 

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at African Promise.

There was a time when supporting a feeding programme in our partner schools was beyond our limited means. But it is now 5 years since we launched this programme, initially in a single school of 330 pupils, and since then we have provided an astonishing 2 million meals!

Every meal we provide goes a long way towards removing poverty as a barrier to education and ensuring that hunger does not exclude children from school and from learning. Without these meals, the majority of children in our partner schools would ultimately go through the school day learning on an empty stomach, with parents and schools unable to provide even a basic lunch through their own resources.

We are very grateful to everyone who has made this possible, whether your donation was last month or a few years ago. However, we still need to raise less than £700 ($900) by the end of September to guarantee that we can provide a daily, term-time meal to the 2,500 pupils currently enrolled across our seven partner schools for the remainder of 2018. Any donation you can give towards helping us reach this target would be greatly appreciated.

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Although our 'Feeding Minds' programme was launched nearly 5 years ago, in September 2013, it is only since May 2015 that we have served a daily meal to each-and-every pupil across our partner schools. This month, then, marks three years of that stage of the programme and of ensuring that no pupil is excluded from learning or from school for want of a meal at lunchtime. 

In total we have now provided more than 1.75 million meals over the life of the programme and we currently provide food for almost 60,000 meals every month, although due to a recent restructure of the pre-school system by the Kenyan government, including an increase in the minimum school-going age, the programme is benefiting slightly fewer pupils now (2,500) than at the end of last year (2,750).

After a challenging 2017, it has been a relief that food prices have remained stable over the course of 2018 so far and, although they are yet to fall back to ‘pre-drought’ levels, we are at least able to make reliable projections of what the programme will cost from one month to the next, something which was near impossible last year!

Based on current food prices we estimate that the programme will cost approximately £26,400 to deliver for the remaining two terms of 2018 (115 school days in total) at an average cost of about £230 per day, £10 per pupil and just 9 pence per meal!

However we are hopeful that, as Kenya experiences its first consistent and prolonged rainy season for a number of years, the prices of domestically grown foodstuffs that make up our lunch menu will fall over the course of the rest of the year.

Queue for lunch at Makwasinyi Primary
Queue for lunch at Makwasinyi Primary
 

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African Promise

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Charles Coldman
London, London United Kingdom
$4,806 raised of $41,804 goal
 
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