I wanted to take this report to update you on how donations for this project have been funding the ongoing feeding programme at Nyota Ing’arayo Primary School (Precious Vision Care Centre). It covers food purchases, transport to the market, cooking materials (sawdust, pots, utensils) and monthly wages for two cooks to provide lunch to 225 children, Monday to Friday throughout the school term and to around 100 students throughout holiday programmes.
For the majority of children at Nyota (Precious Vision) there is no breakfast at home before they travel to school. Their walk to school can often be long and the weather incredibly warm. The school day for children in Kenya starts at around 7am and ends at 5pm. Without their daily nutritious lunch we could almost guarantee that our number of approximately 225 students would drastically decrease. Prior to the initiation of the feeding programme in 2010 the children had to walk home at lunchtime in order to receive a meal, however it was not always possible for their families to provide this, so inevitably many children would not return to school for their afternoon lessons.
Not only does the feeding programme guarantee the children staying at school for the full day and receiving the education they deserve, but it also increases their performance during lessons. GVI ensure that the meals provided are of a substantial size and contain as many nutrients as possible. A typical Kenyan diet consists of heavy foods which fill people up, but are not of much nutritional benefit. The meals the children receive at Nyota (Precious Vision) always contain either beans or pojo (green grams) which provide them with much needed protein as well as either rice or ugali which help them to feel full throughout the day.
For the poorest of the students at Nyota (Precious Vision) their lunch at school may be their only meal of the day, so it remains just as vital a part of the GVI CT donations. Thanks to the regular donations from the individuals mentioned above we are able to keep the feeding programme going until July 2013. The children continue to benefit with improved health, fewer absentee days and improved academic results. The GVI Mombasa team and Nyota (Precious Vision) management are currently seeking donors to support this programme beyond the July 2013 school year.
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