Project #9252

Food for Thought- Feed Schoolchildren in Uganda

by Mpambara Cox Foundation
Nov 14, 2012

67,000 Cups of Porridge!

Akankunda Leticia - one year of school at Rushakyi
Akankunda Leticia - one year of school at Rushakyi

As the children at Rushakyi Primary School end their school year (the school year in Uganda extends from February to November), we would like you to know that your contribution helped the Mpambara-Cox Foundation provide 67,000 cups of porridge in 2012!

It all started with you! Your contribution helped us continue an efficiently run program in which we buy food items - firewood, maize porridge flour, milk, and sugar; provide training to and pay our parent cooks; transport food items; buy cleaning supplies to clean cooking and feeding utensils; procure utensils to replace broken ones; monitor and evaluate program delivery; and in the end, put a smile on the face of a school-child, DAILY!  Now isn't that 'food for thought'? 

Thank you!

Thanks to you, our GlobalGiving supporters, we managed to feed an entire school for an entire school-year! In the large scheme of things, it means we are positively impacting  an under-developed nation by impacting a school-child, a family and a community.

The stats

More importantly, we are a beacon of hope in a place where hope is hard to come by. For those living in abject poverty, education is in crisis and the opportunity to go to school continues to be a gift. Consider the facts:

  • 72 million children are not enrolled in school (over two-thirds are girls); the vast majority of that number live in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 771 million adults worldwide are illiterate (64 per cent are women); the vast majority of that number live in Sub-Sharan Africa
  • Two million new teachers are needed today to provide kids with a decent education

                                                 Source: United Nations Millennium Development Goals

The ‘ifs’

In Africa, it is a celebration to end the school year because unlike the American education system where every child automatically goes from one grade to the next, the Ugandan child ends the school year and walks home on the last day knowing he or she might never see the inside of a classroom again. They only hope that they can re-enroll and join school the next year. The end of the school year is therefore a time riddled with ‘ifs’.....if parents decide to send them back for another year, if crops don’t fail and there is some extra income to pay the $10 school fees, if they can buy a uniform, book and pencil, if they can efficiently juggle daily labor activities, if there isn’t a sick family member, if, if, if....

Our goal this holiday season is to remove the provision of a daily cup of porridge from the list of 'ifs’ - if there is porridge next year.

Our program is helping children attend school and to date, Rushakyi Primary School has the steadiest attendance of area schools and the least sick days for the student population. We are making a big difference because every incremental year in primary school makes a huge difference.

The difference   

  • An individual’s potential income can increase as much as 10% with each additional year of primary schooling and 15% for girls.
  • A farmer’s productivity increases nearly 9% with 4 years of primary schooling.
  • Annual GDP increases by 1% with each year of additional schooling.
  • If all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. This is equal to a 12% cut in global poverty.
  • Every additional year of schooling reduces the number of children a woman will have by 10%.
  • Investing in girls’ education could boost sub-Saharan Africa agricultural output by 25%.

                                                         Source: United Nations Millennium Development Goals

The hope

By working in remote and poor schools, MCF is changing lives and giving impoverished children hope for a better future through education. The goal is to give every child in our partner schools the opportunity to gain the critical life skills of numeracy and literacy. No matter how difficult the conditions are for the children at Rushakyi Primary School (and they are very difficult), MCF strives to create a conducive environment for them to learn in a step-by-step program plan. Alleviating short-term hunger is the first step to helping them achieve regular attendance and increased concentration. 

For the 326 school children that have gone through an entire year, MCF together with you would like to remove the provision of porridge next year from their long list of ‘ifs’. Will you support MCF again this holiday season as we continue to put a smile on the face and hope in the heart of a school-child through a cup of porridge?

We cannot do it alone, we need your support!  

Natukunda Jennifer, 3 years of school at Rushakyi
Natukunda Jennifer, 3 years of school at Rushakyi

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Mpambara Cox Foundation

Location: Rockville, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Anita Mpambara Cox
Rockville, MD United States

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