Lack of three-square meals in a day for children among the marginalised communities has made it difficult for children to attend lessons on a daily basis. In most cases parents weigh the option of letting children go to school or attending to home chores that would ensure at least they get meals. On a number of occasions children as young as 10 have had to join their parents in doing menial jobs in a hand to mouth arrangement but at least with an assurance of a meal at the end of the day. Interventions that lead to the provisions of meals within a school programme will increase attendance and concentration in school leading to improved transition to the next levels. Due to lack of funds to support all our activities, the school feeding programme starts in Year 3 and targets 50 pre-school pupils in their first year in school.
In the picture above Students at St. Patrick Shimoni secondary school are receiving a one-month food donation in September 2019 from Education of Africa officials led by team leader Brother Mohamed Sheikh, He was accompanied by Country director Brother Issa Aljab. Receiving the food, the school principal Madam Pauline thanked EFA for the donation and asked well-wishers to keep up the spirit of helping the needy. The programme aimed at aiding the feeding programme and to keep the students in school. Indeed, with such donations, students are motivated to be in school and their academic performance improves.