2017 FUND-RAISING PROGRAMME FOR THE KIDS' KITCHEN AND THE PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR THE DISABLED

Many of you will have heard of Mary's Meals but, for those of you who haven't, it is a fantastic organisation that provides school lunches for very poor children in countries throughout the world. Now, we have copied this idea and have set up the Kids' Kitchen and the Boarders' Kitchen in order to carry out the same type of work in a village and a school in Kenya.

 

 

 

 


The concept is very clever because foodstuffs and cooking utensils have been bought with funds raised through donations, and then the grandmothers and widows do the cooking to ensure that the school children have a nourishing cooked lunch. This is a wonderful idea for a number of reasons; in particular, if children have food in their stomachs at midday they will be more likely to work hard at school.

 

If the children have had one good meal at lunchtime, there is less pressure on the grandmothers or widows to provide a nourishing evening meal, something that is almost impossible for them to do, for financial reasons, and because many of them are sick or very old. Also, it gives a wonderful opportunity for the grandmothers and widows to participate in the provision of the meals for the children, which is a source of pride for them.

Direct Link bought the cooking pots and utensils, and the Kids' Kitchen is up and running during term time. The grannies and widows are happy to cook the food, in rotation, to provide lunches for the orphans in the project. Unfortunately, it is becoming ever more expensive to buy the foodstuffs and it is unsatisfactory not to be able to supply hot lunches on a regular basis. The responsibility would then return to the destitute grannies and widows to provide the nourishment the children require.

In the primary school for the disabled children, the Boarders' Kitchen is so essential because the school does not have the funding to be able to provide them with a well balanced meal in the evening. The boarders are mainly the disabled children who are unable to walk to and from school to their homes, every day but there are some orphans who have no homes to go to and no guardians to care for them. The school becomes their home. The Head Teacher has now expanded this project to include all the children at lunch time as well, as many of them have been sent to school in the morning, having had no food, and by lunchtime they are starving and unable to concentrate on their work. 

FOR THAT REASON, THE KIDS' KITCHEN AND THE BOARDERS' KITCHEN ARE PART OF OUR FUND-RAISING PROGRAMME FOR 2017, TOGETHER WITH VARIOUS NECESSITIES FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR THE DISABLED.

We would ask you to DONATE as much or as little as you wish so that the burden is removed from the older members of the community, and the nourishment that the children receive from the Kids' Kitchen and the Boarders' Kitchen will help to ward off disease. The disabled boarding children not only need food but urgently need teaching aids, mattresses, mosquito nets and, of course, sponsors. Please also Gift Aid your donation, if you are eligible. Thank you!

                  "I never knew what I could not do so I was willing to try anything" (Anon)