Project information

Food Programme for the children in Kaningo, SL

CESO want to build a kitchen for the school in Kaningo in order to provide a midday meal for the children, most of whom have nothing to eat during their school day. We also want to provide facilities to grow vegetables and crops and raise livestock, to make this Food Programme self-sufficient.

January 2014 - September 2014

Charity information


  • Need


    The community of Kaningo, Sierra Leone, is still locked in a cycle of poverty. The children in the area often have nothing to eat during their school day - there are no facilities to provide food for the children at the Ivor Leigh Memorial School. This is a fundamental need for the children - it is very difficult for them to concentrate on their lessons when they are so hungry. They have also had no education around good nutrition and its benefits.


    This project will build and provide a fully equipped kitchen and a dining area to support the school. It will also provide a smallholding with livestock and facilities to grow crops and vegetables. This will ensure that all of the children are provided with a midday meal. The children will also be involved in planning the menus, and this will form part of their education about good nutrition. They will then be able to spread this education across generations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Build a kitchen for the Ivor Leigh Memorial School, Kaningo, and fully equip it


    » Enlist the help of volunteer architects to design the building, with the help of the local community
    » Use local builders to build the structure
    » Fully equip the kitchen in order to provide a daily meal for 300+ children
    » Find temporary suppliers for food provision (until Aim 2 is realised), and employ local people to run the kitchen

    Success will be the provision of a daily midday meal for all of the schoolchildren in the Ivor Leigh Memorial School , Kaningo

    Aim 2

    Set up a smallholding and facilities to grow vegetables and raise livestock


    » Decide on suitable crops / vegetables / livestock with co-ordinator in Kaningo and create a Food Programme plan
    » Employ local personnel to run the smallholding
    » Build facilities for livestock and purchase them
    » Purchase and plant appropriate crops / vegetables

    Success will be sourcing enough food from the smallholding to provide the children’s midday meal from the new kitchen.

  • Impact


    The provision of a midday meal for the children will result in better overall health. It will also help them to concentrate properly on their lessons at school and improve their results. The education that will be provided around nutrition will help the children and their families. Over time, these measures will enable the community to become more self-sufficient and take them out of the cycle of poverty that they are currently experiencing.


    Climate in Sierra Leone
    : The kitchen and smallholding will be constructed to withstand the rainy season. Crops and livestock will be chosen which are appropriate to the climate.

    Theft / misuse of property: The buildings will be designed with security in mind, and a full-time security guard will be employed.


    CESO already sends out a quarterly newsletter to supporters – this project will be included in that communication.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Kitchen build To build the structure for the kitchen and dining area
      £3,000 Equipment To fully equip the kitchen and dining area
      £2,000 Smallholding To build the smallholding structure and purchase livestock and crops
  • Background


    Kaningo is a relatively new community in Sierra Leone, not far from Freetown, with a population of about 10,000. Many refugees fled there during the brutal civil war. Following the war, Sierra Leone’s already-stretched infrastructure collapsed. Despite its natural resources, the country is still in the bottom 10% of countries on the U.N.’s HD Index, and below the regional average in sub-Saharan Africa. Life expectancy, child mortality, quality of life and education are all extremely poor.


    The immediate beneficiaries will be the 300 + children attending the Ivor Leigh Memorial School but the whole community of Kaningo will benefit from the long-term changes that this project will bring about.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    CESO has been working closely with the local community in Kaningo since 2006. We organised the original temporary building for the Ivor Leigh Memorial School and also the building of the permanent structure in 2010 - 2011. The school now teaches a full primary programme for 300 + children. CESO’s director, Rita Edmond, has close ties with the community , as her nephew, Ivor Leigh junior, who lives in Kaningo, co-ordinates all of our projects locally.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rita Edmond

    Rita is CESO’s UK director. She will co-ordinate all of the UK activities for the project , and provide support for her nephew Ivor in Kaningo.

    Ivor Leigh Junior

    Ivor is a director of CESO in SL, and will manage the project in Kaningo. He will ensure that the overall plan is agreed by the local community.

    John Forewa

    John is a contractor who will be charged with the construction of the kitchen. He has already done a superb job delivering the school building.

    Melrose Kargbo

    Melrose is a project co-ordinator from UNIFEM, SL. She will act as advisor for the project.