Free school meals – Malawi style!

The school’s feeding programme was launched last week to great fanfare in Mkondezi village. The students, teachers and parents were joined by Senior chief Mkumbira, Group Village Head Chapumbwa, District Education Manager Mr Muselebu and Coordinating Primary Education Adviser Mr DGY Banda who were all there to lend their support.

Despite floods which destroyed the old kitchen hut, Gertrude, the school’s director, has been able to get the programme back on track, and thanks to donations from our supporters a more substantial kitchen and food store is being built.

Gertrude writes:

It was wonderful, amazing, marvellous and beautiful. The Senior Chief, The DEM for the whole schools in Nkhata-Bay, The Coordinating PEA (Primary Education Adviser) all village chiefs and all invited guests were very happy yesterday. To see the school blocks, our permaculture gardens, the porridge cooked as a sample of our feeding program, the activities the children performed songs and dances – all were good.

The feeding programme is intended to run for two years to begin with, with potential to be extended beyond this.

Our thanks go to The Hilden Charitable Fund for funding this project, and to our trustee Lisa who has sourced funding and is monitoring the project. In Malawi, Gertrude has set up a committee of parents, teachers and local people to administer the feeding programme. Parents are also helping to gather firewood and to cook the food, as they understand how important it is for their children to receive good nourishing food while at school.

You can read about how crops are being grown locally to use in the feeding programme here:

Anyone can help to raise funds for one of our other projects, from a compost toilet to a classroom – it’s amazing how a relatively small amount of money can make a permanent impact at the school. Please email to find out how.


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