Why is the feeding programme important?

The feeding programme is a great way to encourage children to attend our morning classes where they develop skills to ease them into primary school.

It also encourages parents to send their children to school and eases their worries of having to provide breakfast for their children. Not all families can afford to provide their children with three meals a day; in fact, it is very common for Malawian families to live on two or even one meal a day.

Furthermore, chronic malnutrition plagues Malawi resulting in almost half of the children under-five years being stunted. By ensuring that the children in our schools have at least one nutritious meal a day we're taking the first steps towards stunting prevention.

The feeding programme is organised and run by locals; we have a management team as well as our cooks. This means we can provide jobs to women in the local community who we know to be in much need of support. By providing them with jobs we help to empower them to work to change their circumstances and promote self-sufficiency.

We have also now launched an emergency food programme as our community members continue to be affected by the food crisis. For more information on this please head to our 'updates' page. You will find this in the 'About Us and Donations' drop down list

What goes into running the feeding programme?

Our feeding programme provides a nutritious bowl of porridge to every child who attends our morning nursery classes. Porridge, or 'mpala', is a traditional Malawian dish. It is made from maize flour, sugar and water, sometimes Malawian families will add salt when cooking themselves.

When we can, we like to add groundnut flour (ground peanuts) or ground soya beans as these add much needed nutrients to the porridge.

In order to keep the feeding programme running we have to source and fund the following:

  • The ingredients - Maize, sugar and where possible groundnuts or soya beans
  • Grinding - Maize and groundnuts are taken to a local maize mill where it is ground into flour to make the base of the porridge.
  • Utensils - Bowls, spoons, cuts and pots and pans, pales etc need to be replaced a couple of times a year
  • Misc. items - Such as soap, matches, transport and phone credit to ensure the smooth running of the programme
  • Wages - We pay four women from the community to cook the porridge as well as Patuma from our management to ensure the feeding programme is running smoothly and that the children get their porridge every day. For a hundred pounds a month we are able to buy all the things above and are able to provide around 200 children a day with a bowl of porridge.


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