Project #253 | Constructing School Kitchens for Kenyan Students
Our Partnership with Flying Kites
Across Kenya, 14% of people are experiencing acute food insecurity caused by erratic rainfall, low crop yields, and the COVID pandemic. Malnutrition can lead to stunted growth, slowed cognitive and emotional development, and an increased risk for other diseases that affect long-term health and well-being. Prior to pandemic-related school closures in 2020, 90% of teachers who are part of the Flying Kites Network listed “lack of food” as the number one barrier to learning, noting that hungry students struggled to concentrate and skipped school to find cash labor for food. Without access to food at school, hungry students cannot learn.
One Day’s Wages partnered with Flying Kites to provide daily, nutritious meals for Kenyan students by constructing kitchens at Tulaga Primary School and Nyakio Primary School. The kitchens are well ventilated and equipped with energy-efficient stoves to minimize health and environment risks from using firewood for cooking. Across both schools 1,259 students are now able to receive a daily meal of uji – a warm, nutrient-rich porridge. As a result, both schools boast average attendance rates of 98%, and students are achieving higher than average scores on their standardized exams!
Our Collective Impact
SCHOOL KITCHENS CONSTRUCTED
TOTAL PEOPLE DIRECTLY IMPACTED
TOTAL PEOPLE INDIRECTLY IMPACTED
Consolata is a grandmother and guardian of four children. After her daughter passed away and left her to care for her four children, Consolata had to pull the children out of school because she could not afford their school fees. However, when she learned that her grandchildren’s school would begin serving warm meals at school, Consolata brought the children back to school.
It’s been challenging. The children have been out of school for so long, and Consolata still struggles to provide her grandchildren with what they need to meet their basic needs. But now, for the first time, she knows her grandchildren will have one nutritious meal a day at school.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to the fund below.