Porridge and Rice
Registered Charity Number: 1155841
As a charity Porridge and Rice (PaR) partners with community schools in the slums of Nairobi to strengthen the education of the pupils. We partner with schools running five programs, (1) feeding, (2) teacher development, (3) health and hygiene, (4) facilities development and maintenance, and (5) extracurricular activities.
Many children in the Nairobi slums arrive at school with no more than black tea for breakfast and very little if anything for lunch. It is difficult for a child to learn when hungry and poor nutrition leads to malnutrition, vulnerability to diseases, physical and cognitive stunting, and in the worst cases death. PaR feeds each pupil with breakfast, lunch, and a fruit each school day.
While very committed, many of the teachers have no more than a high school education and know very little about education. In order to equip them with the tools they need to educate the children in their care, we at PaR sponsor teachers that want formal training in education, and run in-house training courses.
Illnesses like worms are widespread in the Nairobi slums leading to malnutrition and cognitive impairment even death. PaR teaches hygiene to the community and not just the school. In addition, PaR distribute deworming medication and provide key supplements like Vitamin A.
Most schools in the slums are no more than tin shanties, often in poor repair. Schools generally do not have the money to maintain the facilities and landlords will only do the absolute minimum. PaR assists with essential maintenance to make the schools as safe as possible for the children, although it is a real challenge given the location.
Extracurricular activities like skipping and football improve both fitness and motivation, and thus improve educational standards. The children in the slums are among the poorest in the world and thus have very little access to extracurricular activities.
Porridge and Rice
64 Rydal Gardens
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