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
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.
Dola comes from a large family, she lost her parents at an early age now helps her grandmother look after her siblings, whilst taking care of her son and daughter.
Alice is a mother to seven children and as well as taking care of them she also takes care of 14 other children of her extended family after several deaths within the family.
Linda the niece of Alice and also helps out with the care of her large extended family, this is not an easy job for someone of her age but she works hard for her family.
After losing her parents it became Esnat and her sister Loveness’s to take care of their younger siblings Zinenani, Godfrey and Linda.