It is school holidays here in Zimbabwe now, so things at the school are very quiet, but that does not mean that our work stops. It is our aim to be able to supply food to our scholars throughout the school holidays.
Up to now, the school has been asking parents to donate the money for lunch - but quite simply, most are unable to manage it as they are not employed. The drought this year is also a killer, which adds pressure to families. The crops have failed and we are having a hot, dry winter which does not bode well for the next season. This means that the hunger has really started to take hold in the area and parents simply don’t have the resources to supply money for children’s lunches.
Here at Marula School we presently have 243 day scholars, all of whom should be receiving a school lunch regardless of if their parents can pay or not. This lunch consists of a bowl of pap, which is a mealie meal porridge. Mealie meal is a staple food in southern Africa. It is crushed maize meal that is cooked with water and served very thick and stodgy and used as a base for serving stews and relishes. To go with this, we provide a relish made from cabbage, soy mince, sugar beans, tomatoes and onions.
National Foods here in Bulawayo have been donating the mealie meal for the past few months and we hope they will continue doing so going forward so that we can continue using your donations to buy the ingredients for the relish.
We thank you for your kind support.
GVI Charitable Trust
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