It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!

by HANDS AROUND THE WORLD
It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!
It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!
It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!
It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!
It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!
It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!
It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!
It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!
It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!
It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!
It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!
It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!
It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!
It's Hard to Learn When You're Hungry!

Project Report | Feb 13, 2024
Lunches Project Update February 2024

By Jane Powell | Operations Manager

Gift receives various support from Kasensa.
Gift receives various support from Kasensa.

Kasensa is a community-based project that supports people in the surrounding compounds in Monze, Zambia. It is run by caregivers who live in these compounds signposting vulnerable youngsters to Kasensa. The project coordinators of Kasensa are Elitarial and Gladys, both Zambians who oversee work at this project on a voluntary basis.

Kasensa currently has 106 beneficiaries on the monthly feeding programme. Hands Around the World is supporting this programme in two ways, paying for the monthly food distribution, and equipping a kitchen to be used as a functional space. Much of the building at Kasensa is developing as and when funding is secured from their supporters. The main building is built but some of the interiors are not finished – the plan is to have an office, kitchen, and storeroom so food can be bought and securely stored when prices are good. Washrooms are built, a security wall has recently been finished, and plans are in place to develop a garden to grow food.

Below are two stories of children who benefit from support from this project.

Gift, shown above, is 11 years old and in Grade 2 at school. He has lived with his grandparents in Freedom A, one of the densely populated compounds, since the demise of his parents. His grandfather is a wheelbarrow pusher in town and his grandmother does menial jobs here and there to support the family. There are seven of them in the family.

He was adopted onto the Kasensa programme in 2022 and has since been a beneficiary. He is supported with school requirements, uniform, shoes, stationery, and books at the beginning of school calendar. Additionally, he gets mealie meal monthly.

The mealie meal that he receives from Kasensa really helps the family to at least have a meal. The mealie meal lasts for roughly eight days. Whilst it may not be enough in itself, it has a great impact on his family as it relieves them of the pressure of fending for the family in those few days and gives them more time to scout for more food. The impact Kasensa has on this family is visible and they remain grateful for the food given to them.

Shown below is Christine. She is 16 years old and in Grade 7 at school. She stays with her father after the death of her mother. The family had four members, and Kasensa has been supporting Christine for about five years now.

The family receives mealie meal and extra food monthly. This is a special case in that the father’s health is poor and he cannot sufficiently provide for his family. Kasensa took the initiative of adding extra food to the mealie meal they receive. The extra food that is received has really been a great help and a relief to the family at a time when Christine’s father is experiencing health problems.

Thank you so much for your support for Hands Around the World’s lunches project; your generosity helps children like Gift and Christine and others struggling to secure sufficient food. With your support, we are able to help reduce hunger and improve nutritional health for many children and their families facing food shortages and hunger.

Kasensa provides Christine with food support.
Kasensa provides Christine with food support.
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HANDS AROUND THE WORLD

Location: MONMOUTH, MONMOUTHSHIRE - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Bridget Higginson
MONMOUTH , MONMOUTHSHIRE United Kingdom
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