19th School in 2019

School Lunch Program Expands to 19th School in 2019 Global Interfaith Partnership is extending its successful food security program to orphaned and vulnerable children in another primary school in western Kenya. The Umoja Project currently serves lunch to 3,100 students in 18 primary schools. The 19th school, Uradi Primary School, will begin serving lunch to…

Meet Zipora’s Family

Zipora Alidise (class 7), Teresa Lusiana (class 2), and Melon Atieno (early childhood development) live with their mother Grace Ayot in a mud home a fifteen-minute walk from their school, Chulaimbo Primary. They have received support from Umoja in the form of school lunch, uniforms, a blanket, and a solar lamp. On the day that…

The challenge of creating a sustainable school lunch program

Without question, providing a school lunch to a Kenyan student is one of the most cost-effective ways to keep the young boys and girls served by the Global Interfaith Partnership doing well in school. For only $25 per school year, we are able to provide a nutritious noon meal for a student who otherwise might not eat much all day. Children’s health improves; their school attendance improves; their academic performance improves. Teachers tell us that students who used to struggle to come to school each day are now attending regularly and performing at the top of their class.

Words of thanks from the students

Lunch time at Mawembe Kodero Primary School By Ellen Daniels-Howell – Project Leader While it is difficult to quantify the total impact of our school lunch program, we know the effects have been dramatic. Schools report a rise in attendance – in fact, hungry students travel long distances to attend the schools with whom we…

Letters from Bar Andingo

Of the 15 primary schools with which the Umoja Project works, Bar Andingo is one of the most involved. Since 2003, when free primary school education took effect in Kenya, the enrollment of the school has doubled as children from poorer homes entered school for the first time. Bar Andingo has struggled to absorb the influx of students — average class size is 80 students and basic resources like pens, paper and textbooks are often lacking.