Do African schools need kitchens to ensure that the children are fed?
I don’t remember ever being inside a school kitchen but come to think of it why would I? I remember one school I attended the one meal that I ever saw being cooked was Posho/Ugali (Maize meal) how I hated that meal. It was not unusual to find creepy crawlies because the maize flour was too old nor unblended flour on one’s plate. The sad thing about this is if you were hungry you had no choice but to eat whatever was served up. It was a boarding school, we could not return home for dinner! The situation wasn’t any better for those on day release as rumour had it that they were the local poor children and most likely had no food at home.
Thankfully we had days off the dreaded maize meal, on those days we had rice, sweet potatoes or matoke (green bananas) but we never saw how any of this was prepared and ironically this food that was cooked out of sight in a school kitchen was nutritious and really enjoyable.
So what did the kitchen have to do with it? I sincerely don’t know but my guess is that because the maize meal was cooked on open fire and they needed a lot of space to do this.
I am not sure what school meals are like in Uganda these days but my guess is that there are probably much better than in my day. One thing I ma sure of though is that over 2 Million children are starving in Uganda
This is not necessarily because they lack a school kitchen as they are unlikely to be at school. But it does not have to be this way. Over at LET THEM HELP THEMSELVES OUT OF POVERTY We are working on a school kitchen for children at Ruhanga development school in SW Uganda so we can feed the children whilst they are at school. Most of these children the meal they have at school is likely to be the only meal they ave in a day.
This is our starting point in January 2012
The new school term started on 7th February and this is hoe far we had got but we run out money
We then had some luck- our Gift Aid Claim came through and we got this far and money has run out again. Do we really need a kitchen to feed these children?
Yes we do. it rains a great deal in SW Uganda so cooking on open fires isn’t always an option
We also need to ensure that the food is prepared in hygienic conditions, which is near impossible to do without a food preparation space/kitchen
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