Project information

Feeding and Nutrition

A hungry child cannot concentrate in class, and a malnourished child will not develop their full potential.

Porridge and Rice provides breakfast, lunch, and fruit to 2000 children to combat hunger and provide them the nutrients needed for healthy development, especially Vitamin A, Iron and Iodine.

June 2016 - June 2018

Charity information: Porridge And Rice (uji Na Mchele)

Porridge And Rice (uji Na Mchele) logo
  • Need

    Need

    The children in the slums of Nairobi are designated as extreme poor by the UN with families living on less than £1.25 a day. Food is thus not always available, and when it is, it is generally of a very poor quality. Children of the slums are regularly hungry and unable to concentrate on learning, and when they do receive food, it does not supply the nutrition needed for healthy development. The WHO has identified that Vitamin A, Iron, and Iodine deficiencies cause disability and death.

    Solution

    Uji for breakfast provides carbohydrates and Vitamin C. Adding sweet potato once a week meets children's need for Vitamin A, the lack of which is a major cause of preventable blindness. Beans at lunch time, provide high levels of Iron, and the vitamin C of breakfast and fruit supplied, facilitates the effective absorption of the Iron. The bean stew served on rice also fills the children's stomachs and the addition of iodised salt combats Iodine deficiency.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To Combat Hunger for the children of the Nairobi slums

    Activities

    » Serve breakfast, lunch, and fruit daily to 2000 pupils

    Feedback from children on hunger


    Aim 2

    Combat Vitamin A deficiency

    Activities

    » Provide sweet potato weekly at breakfast to all pupils

    Height and Weight measured at 6 monthly intervals plotted against WHO values for normal development, and levels of absenteeism due to sickness


    Aim 3

    Combat Iron deficiency

    Activities

    » Provide a Nyayo beans and Kale stew for lunch each day to all pupils

    Height and Weight measured at 6 monthly intervals plotted against WHO values for normal development, and levels of absenteeism due to sickness


    Aim 4

    Combat Iodine deficiency

    Activities

    » Use Iodised salt in cooking both rice and bean stew each day

    Height and Weight measured at 6 monthly intervals plotted against WHO values for normal development, and levels of absenteeism due to sickness


  • Impact

    Impact

    It will enable some of the poorest children in the world to develop healthy bodies and minds, and at the same time acquire a sound education.

    Risk

    Poor quality of basic food stuffs. Suppliers and food quality is tested regularly.

    Reporting

    Annual report, Facebook, individual questions, monthly newsletter, and data collected

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,600 Uji To make porridge for breakfast
      £2,400 Sweet Potato As a breakfast extra to supply Vitamin A
      £1,600 Vegetables To include in vegetable bean stew
      £1,600 Rice As a base for the vegetable bean stew
      £2,400 Beans To provide Iron in lunch
      £2,400 Fruit To provide micronutrients and Vitamin C
  • Background

    Location

    urban slums of Nairobi, home to extreme poor defined by the UN as families living on less than £1.25 a day

    Beneficiaries

    2000 pupils at Porridge and Rice schools - Excel Emmanuel, Lizpal, Glad Kids, Heri Junior, Compassion, and Forrester

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The charity has build strong effective partnerships with 6 schools run by highly committed individuals in the Nairobi slums. In addition, the charity knows the local area and has good links to suppliers

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Ken Surridge

    Charity Chair and Program Manager

    Titus Mwonge

    Founder member of Kenyan Leadership team with responsibility for supply and finance in Kenya

    Beth Wambugu

    Member of the Kenyan Leadership team with responsibility for operational matters across schools