|Barbra -I recently visited Mzwanenyi Primary School in Taita Taveta, and saw a community whose greatest challenge was not the roof being blown off the school nor the buffalo that wandered into their school building one day. The greatest problem is food. After no rains in the past season, the children rely on the school feeding programme, which is now failing for lack of resources. The head teacher told me that fainting in class is now a norm in her school.
She also told me that she wrote for assistance from the Ministry of Education. She took pictures and sent proposals but nothing has come forth to date. I’ve launched a petition on Change.org to help get the Ministry’s attention and ensure these students get the meals they need to live and to learn. Will you please join me in asking the Minister of Education to take action?
A few years ago the World Food Programme was running the school feeding programme in public schools, but the government requested they hand the programme over. The programme ran only for a few years and then it stopped in most schools. I’ve called the Ministry and the World Food Programme, but no one has a clear explanation of what happened.
The feeding programme had resulted in increased enrolment, a stabilised school attendance, and a higher percentage of the population had a chance to complete primary education. If we bring this issue to the government’s attention, hopefully they can get the programme running again. Please join me and sign my petition here:
I am not a specialist in this line, nor do I have all the facts on hunger in Kenya, but I am well aware of what the lack of rains does to most parts of our country and how much difference school feeding programmes can make. I have chosen to write about this as an extreme case of poverty and hunger, and I know there are also other parts of the country that are also suffering.
Thank you for joining me,