Prof. Jacob Thuranira Kaimenyi  Cabinet Secretary  Ministry of Education: Ensure Pre&Primary school students in needy areas have access to a school meal
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Prof. Jacob Thuranira Kaimenyi Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Education: Ensure Pre&Primary school students in needy areas have access to a school meal

    1. Michael Waiyaki
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      Michael Waiyaki

      Nairobi, Kenya

Allow me to share my story from Taita Taveta where I recently visited and saw what hunger is and what it can do to a community. More so I saw it as a responsibility to highlight the issue so that the government or the necessary institutions in the area can do something about it.

 

The school is Mzwanenyi Primary a Public School in the Taita Taveta Area very dry part of the country. In the last rains the school's roof was blown away, the Government and District Education Commissioner office didn't do much about it. The area is prone to Human & wildlife conflict. It so happens that at one time a stray buffalo got to the school and none of the students could leave their classes. The Kenya Wildlife Service luckily came to their aid and rescue.

 

On arriving at the school and chasing the buffalo away, they saw the bad state of affairs and decided to help a little bit and build one block of classes whose roof had been blown off by the tough rains. Along that block they also built the headteachers office who at the time was sitting in a tent makeshift office.

 

Their problems didn't end there as they were asked to write for assistance from the ministry of education. They took pictures and sent proposals but nothing has come forth to date. In this area the greatest problem is food and children rely on the school feeding programme. Most of them only get one meal a day which is at the school.

On our arrival at the school, we found the headteacher very distraught after she had been presented with a case of a father of 6 who had chased his wife and children outside their house in the cold of the night the previous day. She proceeded to call the child-welfare on the father and he was arrested. We followed up on the issues in the school only to realize that the lack of food was causing more problems in the area than we had thought possible. Fainting in class is a norm in this school and the headteacher can only do us much.

 

Afew years ago the World Food Programme was running the school feeding programme in Public Schools that the Government requested they hand over. The feeding programme had resulted in the increase in enrollment, a stabilized school attendance and a high population had a chance to complete primary education. At the moment the area is down at the poverty level scale. This school feeding programme can empower the younger generation coming up.The programme run only for a few years and then it stopped in most schools. No one has a clear explanation of what happened.

 

As a result the following has been the outcome:

- Many children in the area have been orphaned and live with their grandparents

- Their Grandparents cannot fend for them and therefore they will be required at one time or another to fend for themselves

- Therefore a high prevalense of HIV and AIDS rising due to the need of children being required to go fend for their families. The young girls get as little as Kshs.50/- for sexual favors on the many traders who pass through the nearby towns on transit to Tanzania and Mombasa just to buy food.

 

The young boys drop out of school to look for any kind of work to help provide for their families too. From this perspective I see that this is how poverty will prevail in this area and we shall keep having a vicious circle for year on end if we dont make a difference.

 

I am not a specialist in this line, nor do I have facts on hunger in Kenya but am well aware of what the lack of rains does to most parts of this country and how such systems need to be efficient for food security in the country. I have chosen to write about this as an extreme case of poverty and hunger that we have faced in all our visits as we shouldn't turn a blind eye. I know there are also other parts of the country that are also suffereing.

 

The School Feeding Programme is IMPORTANT in please sustain it for the sake of the children in the schools.

 

A hungry child cannot learn even if he/she is given a laptop.

This is why I did the petition with Change.org, we must all be agents of change in our communities and strive for the betterment of each other. It starts with you and I standing to clear poverty.

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To:
Prof.Jacob Thuranira Kaimenyi, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Education
Ensure Pre & Primary school student in need have access to a school meal through the Home Grown School Meals Programme.

Sincerely,
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    1. Mzwanenyi Gets help

      Michael Waiyaki
      Petition Organizer

      Dear friends, thank you for your continued support on this petition. Since the end of last year we have raised our voice on the need to support Mzwanenyi Primary School. On 26/02/14 we delivered 26 bags of maize, 4 bags of beans, 40 litres of oil and Salt thanks to http://www.felixfamilyvillages.org/ . We will be pushing now for a sustainable feeding model in the schools so keep sharing the petition to raise the awareness. You and I will change the world bit by bit.

      Caminul Felix

      The Mission of Felix Family Villages Ministry is to expand the reach of Felix Family Village and establish new family villages in collaboration with national Christian churches and organisations in countries where there are abandoned children.

    2. Delivering the petition

      Michael Waiyaki
      Petition Organizer

      Hallo again. Happy new year 2014. Slowly gearing up to submit the petition to the Minister whom we hope will take some action. Either we shall keep pushing for action and change and someone will hear. We ourselves must also strive for change from where we are too.

      MW

    3. 1006 signatures

      Michael Waiyaki
      Petition Organizer

      1st and foremost is to say a very big thank you to all of you who signed the petition. We hit 1006 signatures today. W

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Food Arrives at Mzwanenyi from your donations

      Michael Waiyaki
      Petition Organizer

      We asked for help on food and we got it. It was not so much but it was a start for the school. Maybe it will last for a week or 2 but it will make a difference as we seek for a long term solution. visit the link to see: https://www.facebook.com/michael.w.nganga/media_set?set=a.10151942916618593.1073741832.761438592&type=3

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. We need your donation for the school

      Michael Waiyaki
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to all who have signed the petition so far. We are getting ready to put together what we have collected for the food. We don't have much so if you can please add on any donation you can? However much or little it will make a big difference. My Mpesa number is 0721-597852 - Michael Waiyaki

    8. Reached 200 signatures
    9. Organizing for food stuffs

      Michael Waiyaki
      Petition Organizer

      So far I have collected from friends Kshs.7,070 in pledges and Kshs.15,000/- in cash to go towards Mzwanenyi Primary to help them get some food and hold on as we seek Government intervention. Keep sharing the petition if you have foodstuffs get in-touch with us. We need it. Food Appeal: http://mwaiyaki.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/mzwanenyi-primary-needs-food-help/

      Mzwanenyi Primary needs FOOD - Help

      Its 5:38pm Saturday afternoon. Just had a restful day, from all my trips. I also just finished my second banana of the day and now having yogurt. How many out there would be spoiled for choice on what they were to eat? They are many right, but also there those who dont have and whatever...

    10. Reached 25 signatures

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    • EDWIN OMAE NAIROBI, KENYA
      • about 1 month ago

      I need to be part of this,because Poverty and Illiteracy starts with me and you!

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    • boaz aliona KISUMU, KENYA
      • about 1 month ago

      to help the needy

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    • carol kamau NAIROBI, KENYA
      • 3 months ago

      i value education

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      • 3 months ago

      its my home, we are all family

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 4 months ago

      I can’t think of any issue that is more important than working to see that no schoolchild in this world goes hungry.

      -- Drew Barrymore

      * Feeding a child at school is such a simple thing – but it works miracles.

      -- Drew Barrymore

      School feeding not only fills stomachs, but has a proven track record of boosting enrollment, attendance and academic performance. For just pennies a day per child, this program changes lives – and ultimately can impact the futures of poor countries around the world in a profound way.

      -- Drew Barrymore

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