Project information

School Feeding Programme

We currently feed 500 school children each school day in the Nairobi slums; we aim to raise this to 1000. Hunger is a serious problem in the slums and prevents children from studying effectively. We feed as we believe education will empower these children to improve their lives and their society.

June 2014 - June 2015

Charity information

Porridge And Rice (uji Na Mchele)

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  • Need


    Many school children in the Nairobi slums go to school hungry every day either through poverty or neglect. They complain of sore stomachs, struggle to focus in lessons, and are frequently absent undermining their education. The consequences are not just short term though. The children's long term health can be seriously impaired leading to a life of illness and underachievement. Our feeding programmes in community schools aim to address the consequences of hunger in both the short and long term.


    We set up a feeding programme in a community school. For breakfast, the children are provided with mugs of Uji (a sorghum wheat porridge). Enough is provided for each child to have at least two mugs. For lunch the children receive vegetable stew on rice four days a week, and meat stew on rice one day a week. The vegetables served are chosen to what is available locally in each season. Finally, each child receives a piece of fruit after lunch; the fruit is determined by what is in season locally.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To establish feeding programmes in community schools for 1000 school children in the Nairobi slums


    » A quiz night. We are planning to hold a quiz event with questions, games and a meal in December.
    » Bagging at Tesco. A team of our supporters have agreed 6 days this years when they can bag and collect donations at the local Tesco.
    » A 5-a-side football tournament. In November, we are holding a 5-a-side football tournament raising money from entrance fees, cold drinks, and hot dogs
    » We are working on several ways from advertising in our local paper to uploading our project in the big give to gain the attention of donors.

    The success will be raising sufficient support and money to secure the long term future of feeding programmes for 1000 students. A year for 1000 children costs £25,000.

  • Impact


    1. Children's concentration will improve in lessons. This will lead to better academic results and provide the first step for the children creating a better life for themselves.
    2. Absenteeism will drop. Children will come to school because they wish to be fed. In addition, regular, nutritious food will improve the health of the children reducing absenteeism due to illness.
    3. Long-term, children will be stronger, healthier and more productive members of society.


    The largest threat to the successful implementation of the project, is failing to raise the funds. We are using a diverse range of ways of raising money rather than placing our hopes on a few sources. We have approached business, charitable trusts, and are arranging a number of fund raising events throughout the year each month. A lesser threat is problems on the ground in Nairobi. To ensure we remain fully informed we visit 3 times a year and have put in place checks to verify local activity.


    Our website will be the primary source of communication. We are working on our website so that it reflects the many fund raising actions and activities we are undertaking. Our goal is to have an up-to-date website that enable supporters and trainers to track our actions and direct questions at us.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Rice The basis of lunch
      £9,000 Vegetables & fruit For lunch stews
      £4,000 Meat For lunch stew once a week
      £7,000 Uji For breakfast & condiments like salt

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Souter Trust £10,000 Guaranteed
    St James Place £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Excel Emmanuel Community School in the Ngando slum which is surrounds Nairobi. They have 350 pupils and a potential to increase to 500. Glad Kids Community School also in the Ngando slum with 120 pupils and the potential to take 300. The goal is to initially grow these two schools then identify a third. We have a number of candidates which we are reviewing.


    The most primary benefit will be to the school pupils being fed each school day. Their ability to perform at school, their health, and their feeling of well-being being free from hunger will be the biggest changes. Secondary beneficiaries will be families (removing the worry about how they will feed their children) and the community (the young generation will be able to more effective contributors to improving the society).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have demonstrated our ability to implement feeding program successfully in Nairobi slums with the feeding programme that has been running at Edexcel Emmanuel since March. We have demonstrated our ability to fund raising through the successful implementation of other projects like the electrification, digging of drains and building of a kitchen at Excel Emmanuel. We are a young charity that has in a short time demonstrated determination and effectiveness.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ken Surridge, Trustee, Volunteer And Chair

    He has a track record in industry of the successful implementation of large projects. He will lead the fund raising and implementation of the project.

    Brigitte Pickersgill, Trustee And Volunteer

    Brigitte has many years in the hospitality sector dealing with businesses and customers, and is responsible for specific areas in fund raising.

    John Ombogo, Volunteer And Local Representative

    John lives in the Ngando slums. He represents the eyes and ears of the Porridge and Rice team on the ground when UK members cannot be present.

    Committee Of Members And Trustees In UK And Kenya

    Porridge and Rice is led by a committee of 16 people, 12 in the UK and 4 in Kenya, all of whom are volunteers and extremely active on behalf of PaR.

Lunch at Excel Emmanuel

Lunch at Excel Emmanuel