We are happy to announce that in January 2019 we will start with a food program. Thanks to a new sponsor we can start a pilot for providing lunches for the students. Lunches are very important because of the nutritional value but also because we think it will decrease absenteeism at the schools. It is a trigger for students to come to school but also to stay at school until the afternoon.
Some students walk for hours to come to school. Lunches are currently rare at most of the Kamitei sponsored schools. During harvest season there are sometimes lunches. However when the harvest is poor or there is trouble in the community lunches are not provided on a daily basis. We as Kamitei would like to see that students get food on a regular base especially because breakfast at home is not guaranteed.
To organise lunches for all our students is a big challenge. Not only because of money (one US dollar for each student per day) but also because we need to organise it in a way that we are certain food will end at the plates of the students and not somewhere else. As the first phase of the pilot we will start at the schools of the Kilimatembo community.
We already have built a kitchen at Marar and the kitchens at Gilala and Kilimatembo are for the time being sufficient. At the moment we are discussing with all involved how to realize everything. We will keep you updated on progress and look forward to seeing the data support the impact of the new initiative!