Let's turn ugly fish into a sustaining gift: We're building fishponds in Kenya and expanding our partner's fish program. This project will feed 1,000 disadvantaged school children and youth in Kenya. Youth will learn life skills in this developing economic sector. The project will generate sustainable revenues for our partner, thereby decreasing future donor dependence. We're feeding schoolchildren now so that they can feed themselves and others in the future!
Imagine deciding between feeding your children or educating them. The population in Kenya, East Africa, is both growing and young. Almost 1 out of 3 Kenyans is below age 10. Chronic malnutrition affects 33% of children under age 5. Often children are pulled from school until after a harvest of cash crops can be sold to pay school expenses such as a uniform. School meals make it possible for children to stay in school to learn, contributing to their brighter future.
1.This project will improve the health of 1,000 disadvantaged school children and youth in Kenya. Proper and adequate nutrition prevents illness. 2.Children and youth empowerment: When children are no longer hungry they can focus in school, which influences future economic opportunities. 3.Skills Training: Youth will train in fish farming, a developing economic sector. 4.Small Scale Sustainable Enterprise: Excess production will generate revenues to decrease future donor dependence.
Last year, we supported 600,000 school meals. Fish is an excellent source of protein and vitamins. When children are no longer hungry, they can begin to hope and dream about their future. All students graduate to university, technical school or employment. More broadly, though, this project supports our goal to empower 1,000 disadvantaged children and youth to develop into healthy, productive members of their communities.