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Project information

Kitchen Garden: planting hope, filling tummies

Our kitchen garden project provides daily meals for children from poor fishing communities in Sierra Leone who have been devastated by Ebola. By learning how to grow fruit and vegetables at school, the pupils learn vital life skills and get a healthy school lunch everyday.

January 2019 - July 2019

Charity information: Bread and Water for Africa UK

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  • Need


    Sierra Leone has been ravaged by Ebola, then crushed by the recession that followed. More recently, more lives were lost to the dramatic landslides. Today, 2/3 of households continue to be food insecure. Children at the We Are the Future (WAF) nursery and primary school often come to school on an empty stomach, their families struggling to provide for even their most basic needs. In some cases, students have had to drop out to help their families "put food on the table".


    The We Are the Future kitchen uses the fresh fruits and vegetables that are being grown in the WAF school garden to cook well-balanced and nutritious meals for the 150 students of the WAF kindergarten and primary school, most of whom are coming from poor local fishing communities. By enabling them to have at least one healthy meal per day, we allow them to focus on their studies and play, without having to worry about where the next meal will come from.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the children's nutrition and overall health.


    » Grow fresh fruit and vegatables in the school garden.
    » Cook and serve daily lunches to the pupils.
    » Provide each child with at least one healthy meal per day.

    What success will look like

    Children attendance rates are up, drop-out rates are down, absence due to sickness is reduced, grades have improved.

    Aim 2

    Improve the community's awareness of the importance of nutrition and a balanced meal.


    » Integrate urban gardening and the basis of nutrition into the school curriculum.
    » Organise demonstrations for parents to see how to grow and cook fresh fruit and vegetables at home.

    What success will look like

    Parents start to integrate more fruit and vegetables in their diet. Parents start growing fruit and vegetables at home.

    Aim 3

    To generate income for the school


    » Sell some of the garden production on the local market to generate income.

    What success will look like

    The school is selling fruit and vegetables on the market and is able to reinvest a small profit into the project.

    Aim 4

    To provide training and a source of income for young people from the community.


    » During the week-end, young people are trained in urban agriculture and given the tools and skills they need to start their own agri-business.

    What success will look like

    A group of young people are trained in urban agriculture and are able to start generating an income for themselves.

  • Impact


    With a healthy lunch every day, we improve the students' nutritional status, and, consequently, improve their overall health and cognitive development, boost their academic performance and reduce dropout rates, while also providing relief to their caregivers. By using the produce which they help grow, the students and their families can see the link between planting seeds and eating food, and some have even started urban gardens at home.


    The risks factors:
    Inflation - A contingency budget will be included to mitigate inflation.
    Poor weather patterns - Modern urban agriculture techniques such as a green house, a water tank and a drip irrigation system to face water shortage.
    Poor economic climate affecting purchasing power - Targeting high value added products such as lettuce and tomatoes which are always in high demand by hotels and restaurants.
    Ebola or other catastrophy - Skills learnt will be very valuable in any crisis.


    We will provide an interim report after 3 months and a final report at the end of the semester, including photos, videos and financial report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,355

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,900 Staff Cook, nutrition consultant, kitchen assistant, project coordinator
      £220 Garden inputs Seeds, fertilisers, tools, water.
      £4,935 Consumables £2.4/child/week: rice, oil, bread, beans, charcoal, etc.
      £300 Admin Bank fees, transportation, communication, contingency.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Off line fundraising £1,355 Guaranteed
    Trust £2,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The project is located in Aberdeen, West Freetown, Sierra Leone.
    Ebola has had devastated effects on Sierra Leone, with a complete halt of the country's food production and other economic activities during the state of emergency which lasted over a year in between 2014 and 2015.
    Today in Sierra Leone, 2/3 of households continue to be food insecure and 46% of child death are attributed to malnutrition.


    The children at the WAF school come from a poor fishing community and often come to school on an empty stomach, their families struggling to provide for even their most basic needs. In some cases, students have had to drop out to help their families "put food on the table".
    Community members, including the students’ parents and caregivers, were interviewed to determine their most urgent needs. Families contribute to the project by paying a minimal fee for the lunches.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Bread and Water for Africa UK has been a partner of the We Are the Future school Sierra Leone, since 2014, during the Ebola crisis. Since then, we've worked hand in hand with the community to help them recover. We don't tell them what to do: we listen to their needs and work together to identify sustainable local solutions. The WAF kitchen garden is already a success, with proven results on health status and academic results. Other schools in the area are interested in replicating this model.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Donald Sandy

    John is the WAF Center founder and director. He is a champion for his entire community, advocating on their behalf with local and central authorities.


Will fill a cupboard in our school kitchen.

"Hunger is the enemy of women and children, but food is the friend and answer. Thanks to the school garden project our children have escaped hunger… I am happy and proud to see our children eat, enjoy and smile while eating their food."

Hawanatu, Teacher