At Feed The Hungry we believe in providing a long lasting solution to the poverty we see in the Children we support.
There are 2 main strands of our work that address this – education through schools, and the farming programmes.
Jeff, is a teacher at one of the schools we support in Kibera, Kenya – the Soweto Academy. For him, the legacy of the work of Feed The Hungry is very clear. He used to be one of the pupils who came to school hungry. He received a meal every day thanks to Feed The Hungry, and this meant he was then alert and able to study. Jeff completed his secondary education at the Soweto Academy, and went on to train as a teacher. He has now returned, to make a difference in the lives of children living in the slums, and to help them build a better future.
Jeff says, “Civilization of the community begins in our Soweto academy, and we hope it spreads out to impact and influence the wider community. An educated student can help transform the whole community to be a better place for all in the Kibera area.”
Without access to a meal and an education through the work of Feed The Hungry, Jeff would have been unable to complete his education and become a teacher, enabling him to come back and help change the lives of other children. Currently we have a baker in Kampala, software engineer in Kenya, a nurse in Uganda, a young man who has stated a driving school training new police trainees how to drive, young boy who is going through his entrance exams to become a robotics engineer in Nicaragua,carpenters and bricklayers and tailors all who would have been scrapping a living selling plastic or worse if they had not gone through the schools we support.
In Zambia we work with local partner Tebuho Mulala who we have inducted to become FTH Zambia , where we now run several farms and market garden areas. These farms produce food that not only provides lunch for over 7000 children, but also provides an income for the farm to purchase new seed, animals etc. Since 2012 they have grown from 1 farm to 6, with more plots of land identified to be purchased and cultivated into working farms. They identified that pigs are in high demand in the area as a source of food and income, so they started a piggery. They are raising pigs that will generate an income for the farm. They also help with the eco cycle, they are fed with the normally discarded leaves from the cabbages grown, and the waste from the piggery provides great fertiliser for the crops.
This year we have extended the program to develop the widows garden program that now supports 200 widows and vulnerable adults to grow enough food to feed themselves and their families through the year. The community schools which receive the food to provide the children with lunches have seen a huge increase in attendance levels. The original community school where we first started working was initially only 50 children, now there are over 1000!