Matthew 25:35: “´For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink..’
Excitement is building around a flurry of activity occupying the men and women at three community schools in Ngombe today. They are measuring and planning to construct outdoor kitchens for cooking lunch to feed the schoolchildren.
A daily meal is not always a reality for many schoolchildren in Ngombe, one of the poorest urban slums in Lusaka, Zambia. Thousands of Ngombe children go to bed hungry at night, and thousands attend school still hungry the next morning. Tardiness and absenteeism due to hunger is a consistent struggle for the students, the school directors, and the teachers. The problem is compounded in Ngombe because a high percentage of these children are HIV positive, and they cannot take their government-provided retroviral medications on an empty stomach.
To these hungry children, navigating the issues of everyday life can often be overwhelming, and the future may seem hopeless. But thanks be to our great God; there is hope!
Convoy of Hope has recently provided a generous grant to allow us to provide nutritious noonday meals to over 4,850 schoolchildren each day in ten community schools in Ngombe, all of which are already connected to the Sew Powerful program. Through the School Feeding Initiative, kitchens are being built, the staff is being hired, training is being done, and equipment is being purchased. The program will benefit the children receiving meals and impact the community with additional employment opportunities.
Why do we need to build kitchens? Most of the ten schools served through The School Feeding Initiative do not currently have cooking facilities. These are the poorest schools in the community – and this is a significant upgrade for them.
Today Serafina has traveled to three of the smaller schools. Watch these emotional interviews here: