Flourishing Moringa farm
With support from Vastenctie, Makonjemare has a flourishing Moringa Oilefera (wonder tree with numerous benefits ) trees that have added fresh vegetables to the school meal. Children are more healthy, alert and vibrant . With support from chidlren, the gardener harvests the vegetables which are in return prepared by the parents of the school.
School feeding 2019
Children continue to enjoy their meal three times a week. With support from Learn Foundation, the school has been able to get food throughout the year for the last three years. Food, in this hard to reach area where poverty levels are high and drought is persistent, school feeding remains the only hope for most families. Children rely on this meal they get at school to sustain themselves at home. Sometimes, during the say for the school feeding, school children bring along their siblings to at least come and feed them so that they don’t starve.
Since 2016, Learn Foundation continues to provide financial support for 3-days per week school feeding program for 280 children and 8 teachers of Makonjemare school enabling them come to school, stay alert in class and look forward to better learning the following day. Food at home is a big challenge in most families of Makonjemare school because of high poverty levels and prolonged drought.
Its sad that there are families that we work with at Makonjemare school that can not afford at least one meal a day. 95% of the children from the school come from such families and this makes it difficult for them to attend school everyday.
Those that struggle to be in school hungry, are not able to concentrate with their learning; they are weak, dozing off in class and are very unhappy. Through the kind support of Learn Foundation, LIBA is able to provide a meal of Rice and Beans to all 265 children of Makonjemare three times a week throughout the year. This has improved access, retention and transition in school and their performance has also improved because children are vibrant and willing to learn.