Is there a better feeling than to have a plate of food set before your very hungry smile?!
Because of our wonderful donors and sponsors, we are now able to provide fresh, homecooked meals to over 500 children every single school day from Monday through Saturday! THAT'S where the SMILES really start!
Every doctor and dentist who visits the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya is astounded at the health and well-being of our students. Normally children living in the desolate slums of Nakuru, Kenya do not have the shining-with-health smiles on their faces that our children have. It is of course impossible to feed all of the children of Nakuru - but knowing that the over 500 children on the Live and Learn in Kenya International program receive healthy and nutritious meals makes it how obvious it is that "nothing (and nobody) is just a drop in the sea".
We have made it our responsibility to give the LLK Kids everything that they need - including healthy breakfasts and lunches - to keep them attentive and active at school - and always have a reason to SMILE!
If you have ever been in a situation where you just wanted to EAT something - ANYTHING, then you know how it feels NOT to have much of a reason to SMLE. Most of us reading this have never known hunger - except through fasting. That was our own decision - for whatever reason - health, weight loss, spiritual, religion - but not out of lack of the possibility of obtaining food.
Life is different there...thousands and thousands of children go to bed hungry every night - along with their parents... many with devastating results from malnutrition. We feel very blessed that we are able to insure more than 500 children a healthy, warm meal 6 days a week - at our own school - The Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya - and in our partner schools that more than 200 Live and Learn in Kenya children attend.
Life would be different for these children if it weren't for people like you - and we cannot thank you enough for all that you do to help us keep food on the children's plates and SMILES on their faces after enjoying a warm and delicious meal.
What is THE most basic human right? Every human being has the basic right to food and clean drinking water. According to the United Nations report, the world loses 25,000 people to hunger every day of the year - roughly 15,000 of them are children. The mere fact that at this very moment, while reading this report, approximately 10 children are starving to death is a devastating fact.
We may not be able to change the world - but we can change the lives of hundreds of children every day.
Well-nourished children can learn better, think critically and focus on what children are supposed to focus on - school and play, not on empty growling stomachs and heartwrenching thirst. Improving child nutrition impacts children's health and their ability to grow into strong and successful adults.
Live and Learn in Kenya International's main priority is educating the poorest of the poor so that they will break away from the vicious circle of poverty. Only through education can children grow into strong and self-confident adults who can contribute to their communities and pass that on to their own children. But without proper nutrition that is not possible. This is why Live and Learn in Kenya International puts so much effort into providing warm and nutritious meals 6 days a week and water is available throughout the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center with a sink in every classroom.
Besides filling their tummies and giving them a reason to smile - we are all giving these children hope and paving the way to a future where hunger was just a word of the past.
Thank you - asante sana - for being a part of this challenge!
Good Grief Covid / Delta chaos! It sure has been difficult to keep the Live and Learn in Kenya children fed every day - 6 days a week! With all of the markets and fairs canceled that usually bring in the donations, it has really become a challenge - more than ever - to raise funds for all of the various costs that Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l is faced with on a monthly - no... actually daily basis. Providing the funds for everything from school fees to medical costs is not easy for a small organization doing big things - but keeping food on the children's plates IS A PRIORITY!
It is so necessary to be able to provide a good, tasty, and nutritious meal for these children. It is more often than not the only meal of the day for them. A hungry and growling tummy gets in the way of a learning brain!
Asante Sana - thank you so much for your kind donations for meals for the Live and Learn in Kenya children. Your continued support means full tummies, bright brains, and BIG SMILES!
ASANTE SANA - The children appreciate your support
Oh, how difficult it was... the children weren't at school due to the Covid 19 lockdown in Kenya. Parents and guardians were helplessly and constantly worrying about where the next meal was coming from - and how to keep, even the poorest roof over their family's heads. Live and Learn in Kenya International was able to help with donated funds for the parents to buy food and soap.
Sad to say, one family's father did die of Covid 19.
But the children are all back to school again and learning and playing and EATING a warm meal every day. That's something to SMILE about!
If you've ever had to go hungry - or have even fasted for any length of time - you know how wonderful it is to have a full tummy again!
We want to thank all of the wonderful and generous people who donated their time and energy and money toward feeding these needy children. An extra ASANTE SANA - THANK YOU SO MUCH to the many SL performers who gave - and are still giving concerts to help feed the children on the Live and Learn in Kenya International project. Without all of your kind donations, we would never have been able to feed the children - not in the past - the present, or the future.
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