Feeding Program in Kenya in its second year
We recently reported on the devastating effect of rising food prices in Kenya impacting millions of people, including students in the schools where we work in Mombasa.
Our school feeding program has grown to become a vital part of the project although it was put under serious threat by these difficult conditions. However with great thanks to the dedication and hard work of our supporters we have been able to maintain this important initiative and the program stands strong as we move into its second year.
GVI project manager Louise Elard explains the impact this has made in the schools:
‘Over the first year of the feeding scheme GVI staff have seen huge benefits in each student eating a nutritious lunch every day.
Firstly, in the health improvement of the children and secondly, the academic progress of the children. The daily proteins they are taking in shows. Children on the whole are looking healthier. We have less absenteeism cases resulting from illness. The concentration span of the students is better. Children are no longer as fatigued or low on energy. Actually it is quite the opposite now. The children are happier and sometimes have too much energy! Their attention in class has improved and consequently aided their learning. Evidence of this is now beginning to show in their monthly class tests. Significant improvements have been shown compared to last year.
GVI believe the feeding program is an essential contributing factor to this being achieved.’