It´s Kenyan law that schools must offer lunch to their pupils.
For many children CBSM provides their only decent meal of the day. Providing food for the kids is great motivation for parents to send their children to school.
Due to the enduring drought in Kenya, prices for food have been gone up to a level, where many schools cannot afford the feeding program anymore. The CBSM school is also affected, facing the severe challenge to lacking the financials to buy the daily food required for the children.
As a short term remediation, some of the Kenyan CBSM members offered to renounce part of their salaries to ensure the continuity of the school. However, given the low salaries of the members, this is not a sustainable solution and we decided to start an organized feeding program for the kids of the CBSM school.
To feed 300 children 30 € per day (or 600 € per month) is needed (not including the salary of our school cook).
Another big problem were the hygienic conditions:
After the first round of food was distributed, children had to wait for the empty plates which were refilled without being washed in between. Many kids were eating with their hands, as not enough spoons were available. Returned spoons were passed onto the next child without being washed.
In order to stop the spread of germs and illnesses a new lunch process was introduced and 300 new plates, 300 new spoons and 300 new cups – one for each child – were bought for CBSM. With the new system the Children were taught how toproperly wash their hands before eating and to wash the plates, spoons and cups directly after lunch in the new basins.