P.E.I. groups pur­chase food for Kenyan stu­dents, but more help needed

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FOOD/COMMUNITY -

Farm­ers Help­ing Farm­ers and the Souris Vil­lage Feast have stepped in to pro­vide food to six drought-stricken schools in Kenya that are twinned with P.E.I. schools.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vided $2,000 to pur­chase maize and beans for lunches for the more than 1,250 pri­mary aged Kenyan school chil­dren.

Par­ents nor­mally pro­vide the maize and beans for the school lunch pro­gram, but th­ese six schools are lo­cated in an area that did not re­ceive rain dur­ing the last rainy sea­son in Oc­to­ber 2016, and con­se­quently did not har­vest any maize or beans.

The maize and beans the par­ents did pro­vide has now run out and they have noth­ing to con­trib­ute to the stu­dents.

“When I vis­ited the Nkando Pri­mary School in June, they were only feed­ing maize in the lunch stew,” said Colleen Walton of Farm­ers Help­ing Farm­ers.

“It was in­tensely de­press­ing as they had run out of beans June 1, and had only about three weeks of maize left.”

Jen­nifer Muro­go­cho, the co­or­di­na­tor of Farm­ers Help­ing Farm­ers’ school pro­grams, re­ported that the maize and beans were de­liv­ered to the schools this week.

She said one school had no beans left in their store, and “the chil­dren were very ex­cited to re­ceive the beans.”

The Kenyan school year runs with the cal­en­dar three terms.

The sec­ond term will end on Aug. 4, while the third term will begin Aug. 28 and run un­til Nov. 3.

The Souris Vil­lage Feast con­trib­uted the funds for this ex­pen­di­ture, and more funds will be pro­vided for some of the third term when it be­gins.

The funds pro­vided will pur­chase maize and beans for the bal­ance of the sec­ond term, how­ever Farm­ers Help­ing Farm­ers will not have enough funds for the en­tire two-month third term.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to help, con­tact Colleen Walton at cwal­ton@upei.ca or at 902-566-0597. year with

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