‘The Turi Micah Project’
“Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8)
To provide a daily, nutritious breakfast for the children who attend Turi Sulgwita Primary School near Molo, Kenya, and who would otherwise go without.
Many of the 1200 children at Turi Sulgwita come to school daily with completely empty stomachs. Some of these children are orphans, but many are just from single-parent families or families where the parents are unemployed for different reasons. The Headmaster of the school described how these children fall asleep in lessons, sometimes faint or have health problems related to their malnutrition.
As Christians and mothers of young children ourselves, we were so saddened by this situation. We settled on the idea of starting a school feeding programme, with the involvement of the local community, and we now have a local team who provide warm millet porridge at the start of each school day, on the school campus.
The children we have met and heard about are in varying degrees of need for food for a wide range of reasons. Some will have no other food provided for them in the day. Others may be in a better position, but all children from nursery to class 5 are invited to come for porridge if they would like. The Headmaster has reported a significant rise in attendance since the project began in September 2016 and we have been so encouraged by the support of a number of teachers from the school who are noticing the impact. We are now registered in Kenya as a self-help group.
We have a basic kitchen with facilities to cook porridge on traditional stoves and space for the children to be served. We source all our ingredients locally in an attempt to support the local economy. We employ four local women who work as a team to prepare the porridge and assist with serving it daily.