The lunch break bell rings and the children run outside. At the public schools, some children run to the gates where their mamas, grandmas, or older siblings are waiting with a container of rice and beans, and maybe some greens. Other children run to the dining hall - usually a makeshift dining hall or they get their plates from the kitchen and sit outside and eat. They are usually very hungry because it is almost always the first meal of the day. The scenario at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya is quite different. Lunch is not the first meal of the day - breakfast is. During the first break, they enjoy porridge and tea, often a large breakfast of tea, bread or a roll, an egg, and a piece of fruit. When the first lunch bell rings at the Live and Learn in Kenya School, the first children who line up at our dining hall doors are the kindergarten children. They walk up to the kitchen counter and are handed a full plate of delicious and nutritious food. The meals consist of beans, or cabbage, greens, rice, fruit, or a big glass of milk. Every Wednesday the children are able to eat meat, greens, and ugali (a sort of white polenta). If they don't want meat (most do!) then they receive an even larger serving of greens and ugali. They sit down at the long tables and patiently wait until everyone has their plate in front of them and then they say grace. It doesn't matter which religion - it is always right to say thank you. When they are finished, they bring their empty plates back to the kitchen and run outside for recess in the colorful playground. Then the next group of pupils takes their places. Every child is given a tummy full of food.
Since October 2022 we have had our own well at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center. As of October 2023 a water filtering system has been built to ensure that the children are drinking pure water - as much as they'd like!
That's a lot to SMILE about - all thanks to our wonderful donors.
Oh, how wonderful life is when your tummy isn't grumbling because you haven't eaten all day and your throat isn't dry! Children should never have to spend a day at school thinking of nothing else but something to eat or go to bed hungry and dream about eating a real meal!
That is what life is for some 300 million children in the world who go to bed hungry every day.
Well, we can't change the world, but we can change the lives of the 560 children on the Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l program in Nakuru, Kenya. Through the generosity of many people, we are able to feed the children a warm meal every day - 6 days a week. The children attending our school also receive a breakfast porridge to start their day well - and sometimes if a donor is very generous and states that a special breakfast should be provided, the children receive eggs and fruit with their tea or porridge. That is very, very special and very, very appreciated!
A day filled with fun and learning, pure water to drink, and healthy food is a day filled with SMILES.
Have you ever tried to learn something when you are hungry and/or thirsty? It is practically impossible. The brain needs food for thought! A child just cannot concentrate on all of those sometimes very complicated things that their teacher is talking about when he or she has a mouth so dry that it feels like it is full of straw and a stomach that is growling for food. That's no way to live and learn!
The children and students on the Live and Learn in Kenya International sponsorship program never have these problems. The children attending the school at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru receive breakfast and a warm meal every school day - and all of the program's children in Nakuru can come to the Center on Saturdays for fun, games, sports, tutoring - and lunch! The program's children and youths who are attending partner schools, vocational training, colleges, and universities receive their meals - paid for by Live and Learn in Kenya International - at their respective schools.
We believe in feeding those SMILES and not letting anyone go hungry or thirsty. That is a basic right of every human being - young or old!
Your donations make this happen - and we are very thankful for every single donation - large or small. Over 560 children and youths depend on all of us to provide this basic right to each and every one of them.
Project reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you can recieve an email when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports without donating.
Give the gift of stability in a time of instability. Set up an automatic, monthly gift now and get matched at 100%—because the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt us all, and it will take all of us to overcome it. Terms and conditions apply.
Monthly giving is as easy, safe, and as inexpensive as a Netflix subscription. Start a monthly donation to Leben und Lernen in Kenia e.V. today and get matched at 100%. Terms and conditions apply.