What can one cup of uji do? See what local philanthropist, Francis Amonde, has achieved through crowdfunding in the video below:
Close to seven years ago, Francis Amonde’s heart broke. While visiting a school Nyatwiri Primary Schol, he saw a group of children – not looking particularly healthy – sleeping under a tree. With the discomfort of wondering what was wrong, he went and made an inquiry from the school. He learned that the children were mostly orphans and often failed to have breakfast or lunch and in some cases both.
Benefits of good nutrition:
Prevent disease and other illnesses
Have more energy
More concentration at school
Higher quality sleep
Better academic performance
Improved physical performance
Francis understood how skipping meals would affect the health and well being of these children throughout their entire lives, leading to huge and irrecoverable consequences. Moved by empathy, he took it upon himself to try to make a difference in these children’s lives, despite being a university student with little resources of his own.
Francis’ first idea was to provide rice and beans for lunch, however with the number of students being high he was unable to come up with the funds to sustain the project. He didn’t stop there, he came across the idea of providing a cup of porridge during break time to satisfy the hunger of a child. #CupOfUji was born.
Cup of Uji is a school Feeding initiative for primary school pupils from less privileged backgrounds. Studying effectively on an empty stomach is hard, CupOfUji provides pupils with a cup of porridge during break giving the pupils a chance to concentrate more in class, improve their performance, reduce absenteeism and get engaged more in co-curriculum activities. Francis kicked off with around 100 ECD pupils at Nyatwiri Primary School in Oyugis. He would grind white maize and use it to make porridge for the pupils.
“Cup Of Uji program seeks to free less privileged children in Kenya, from the dehumanizing conditions of extreme hunger and poverty through the provision of a daily hot cup of porridge, education scholarships, sanitary pads, and mentorship. Your support, love and generosity, is key in helping us achieve Sustainable Development Goals on Zero Hunger ,Poverty Alleviation, and Access to Quality Education,” says Francis.
Together with the provision of porridge to more than 3,143 pupils, Francis now runs other initiatives under the Hope Alive campaign. The initiatives include: Girls dignity, Boy Child Remember and Building lives scholarships . Through these initiatives he is able to provide sanitary towels to over 150 girls, offer mentorship to boys in primary schools and sponsor secondary and undergraduate education for bright students in the primary schools they work with. They currently sponsor six high school and one undergraduate student.
Through Cup of Uji’s amazing 2,954 well-wishers, Francis has raised almost KES 2,000,000 and helped put a smile on thousands of faces. To help maintain these smiles, kindly send your contribution to PAY BILL: 891300 ACCOUNT: HOPE. You can also view the latest CupOfUji campaign here.
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