Many primary schools in Kenya do not offer feeding programs yet a large percentage of the schools have populations of most vulnerable children of around 25-35%. These most vulnerable children come from the poorest families and are fortunate if they are given one meal per day to eat. The lack of food negatively impacts the attention span of the child and the ability of the child to learn is minimized. The lack of food also negatively impacts the child’s physical growth and leaves the child more prone to constant illness.
Feeding programs are not provided in the funding the schools receive from the Government of Kenya. One school with a population of most vulnerable children of 200 reported that they needed approximately 700,000/= per term to provide lunch to the children which was beyond the ability of the school to raise. The Junior Farmer Field School (JFFS) enables the school to offer feeding programs to the most vulnerable children while at the same time teaching the children in agriculture, environmental conservation and smart farming techniques. The JFFS Model incorporates income generating activities so the School can become self-sustaining and can continue providing meals to most vulnerable children long after the donor funding is over. The income generating activities enable the school to continue purchasing inputs for growing food crops and supplement the feeding program with items like milk, sugar and oil.
Through the JFFS a partnership is formed between FreeKenya Foundation (FKF), a primary school, a parents or caregiver group and a donor. FreeKenya Foundation provides the necessary skills training for the JFFS and establishes income generating activities; the school provides the space for the JFFS and incorporates agriculture into their curriculum; the parents or caregiver group provide oversight of the agricultural activities and mentor the children who are participating in the program; and the donor provides funding for the project. The program is a one year commitment on the part of donor to allow adequate time for developing the income generating activities which will lead to sustainability of the feeding program.
- Training pupils on basics of agriculture and entrepreneurship
- Taking responsibility in doing agribusiness; in other words taking care for plants and livestock
Primary and Secondary Schools; PTA-structure
Via the schools we will reach the parents/caretakers of the pupils, and are able to address agribusiness opportunities as well. Following can be a development of a Community Resource Center carried on community level.