Elika had a difficult upbringing, filled with many setbacks. Had she not received support from the local church or a Bright Hope scholarship, her story
may have turned out very differently.
Many children living in Mathare slums go hungry. Often the only meals they will receive are served at school through the Bright
Hope feeding program. These children need your help. By making a donation today you can help support this vitally important
Meet Noah (14) and Martin (13), brothers who live about half a mile from school with their mother who is a casual laborer and earns about $2 a day. Life for children like Noah and Martin is hard. Last year their mother was ill for more than a month so the boys were unable to attend class and had to scavenge the local neighborhoods for something to eat.
“When the school did a follow-up, we discovered that their mother had been unwell and unable to take care of their basic needs,” said Judy, their teacher.
“Our teacher realized that we were going without food… she talked with our mother and the school helped us,” said Noah.
“The school would spare some food for us every evening. We would carry that food home and share with our mother at dinner, this helped us a lot.”
The Mathare Community Outreach (MCO) Schools now provide two meals a day for about 1,300 children attending three different schools. There is still a need to provide meals on Saturdays as well, since parents are usually working away from the home and sometimes children attend school to do extra studies.
The majority of these children live in the Mathare Valley slums, with most of their parents working as casual laborers or running small, local businesses. Most of these parents either cannot afford to provide three meals a day or must leave home early to work and are not around to prepare food for their children.
Without the feeding program, children often miss school as they are forced to search for scraps and are too hungry to focus in class. However, with support from Allies like you, children can receive nutritious meals such as a mix of rice, lentils and tomatoes, and a piece of mango. Your gift can help keep these children off the streets and in the classroom.
“I am happy to have my lunch at school,” said twelve-year-old Serena, who is in the eighth grade.
“The feeding program helps us a lot because many children come from poor families and cannot afford three meals a day; some only get a cup of tea as their breakfast while others don’t eat anything at all in the morning… we are happy to have a cup of porridge at school each morning.”
When children are hungry, it’s a struggle to put their full concentration on education. When you send a gift to help feed the children of the Mathare slum, you are providing much more than a couple meals a day, you are helping pave the way for a brighter future. Make your donation today and help feed the minds and stomachs of these growing schoolchildren.
Give The Gift of Health to Hungry Children in Zambia
On Mbabala Island in Zambia there are more than 25 cases of childhood malnutrition each year due to extreme poverty. For these
children, Bright Hope provides high-energy protein powder that can be made into a nutritious porridge. Infants who are orphaned
or unable to receive milk from their mothers are given tins of milk formula through one year of age.
We need your help to meet the nutritional needs of these children during these crucial early years of development. Children are typically in the feeding program for one year.
Make a donation today to help nourish these children in pressing need:
Give a gift of $20 to provide baby formula for one month or $240 (half of what the average Zambian family makes in a year) to see an infant thrive during its first year of life.
Donate $96 (only $8 a month) to feed a child for an entire year. We need your support to meet the immediate needs of these children in need.
As He saw the crowds, His heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.