Feed 300 poor children in urban Mombasa

by Mustard Seed Project (Kenya)
Feed 300 poor children in urban Mombasa
Feed 300 poor children in urban Mombasa
Feed 300 poor children in urban Mombasa
Feed 300 poor children in urban Mombasa

Project Report | May 8, 2024
Flooding after Drought

By Lynne Smith | Trustee

Lunch Time - hands sanitised and we're queuing
Lunch Time - hands sanitised and we're queuing

The aim of the Mustard Seed Project (MSP) has always been to provide good quality education for poor children in Mombasa. We recognised from the beginning that hungry children are likely to be less healthy and less likely to take advantage of that education, so we have always had a feeding programme for the children at our school, Miche Bora. We continue to provide basic food for 29 of our poorest families during school holidays as well as morning porridge and a balanced midday meal for all pupils. Parents who can afford to pay a small amount towards the cost do so but increasing numbers cannot. After prolonged drought and therefore rampant inflation, exacerbated by war in Ukraine and other factors, Kenya now has flooding which again will impact on food inflation. The cost to MSP of our feeding programme is almost as high as running costs for the school and there is no sign of inflation stabilising at the moment. However, with the help of our donors, our school has had great success so far. Our external exam results are excellent again this year and having a healthy diet is a contributing factor. The thanks we give to you, our donors, are not just from the UK Trustees but from the children, parents and the staff of Miche Bora school. 

The following is a story of one of our children, Colvice, who had been through our school and left at the age of 14 last November (the school year begins in January and our children are 3 to 14 years). He had of course benefitted from our feeding programme. He was born "out of wedlock". His mother later married but has recently died. His stepfather did not want him so he was sent to relatives in Nairobi. There he was treated virtually as a slave. He managed to borrow a phone to contact his mother's sister in Mombasa but they could not afford the £15 coach fare from Nairobi to Mombasa. We were asked if we could help so MSP provided the coach fare. He is now living with his aunt and MSP has found funding through a sponsor for his secondary education. He and his aunt came into school to say thank you to MSP while Rita, our Founding Trustee, was there in February/March this year. She said it was a very moving experience. £15 has changed his life and his prospects for the future.

Rita will be going out to Kenya for another month in September, this time with one of our UK Trustees who has not visited before. There is always lots of work to be done and I know they will be working very hard. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped MSP to help children like Colvice. Every penny matters so please continue to give your support, or join us as a new donor. You make a real difference.to the lives of our children and their families at our school. .

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Jan 3, 2024
Continued high food inflation in Kenya

By Mrs. Lynne Smith | Trustee

Sep 4, 2023
Inflation continues in Kenya too

By Lynne Smith | Trustee

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Mustard Seed Project (Kenya)

Location: Peterborough - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Rita Fowler
Peterborough , United Kingdom

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