Thika based Food and Beverage processing company – Capwell Industries Limited (CIL), has donated 180 food ration packs containing Soko Maize Meal Flour, Soko Home Baking Flour, Ranee Everyday Long Grain Rice and cooking fat to provide food to 180 vulnerable families of pupils from Our Lady of Victory (OLV) Primary School, Kaloleni in Machakos County, amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The support is part of the company’s school feeding program which has seen it partner with Our Lady of Victory Kaloleni Primary School in Yatta – Machakos County, to provide a cup of porridge every day to the pupils, to promote their health and development.
“Some already-vulnerable school children are now particularly at risk of hunger because of the extra financial stress placed on their families by the Covid 19 restrictions and lack of access to their regular school meals,” said the company’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Obadiah Gitiye.
Adding, “We hope that during this challenging period our support will provide a lifeline for families who are struggling to access nutritious food.”
According to the World Food Program (WFP), In Kenya, more than 29% of children in rural areas and 20% in urban areas suffer from malnutrition, which can cause lifelong physical and mental disabilities. More than 23 million Kenyan children struggle with hunger in the classroom and food insecurity affects more than half the population.
Learning becomes difficult on an empty stomach. In fact, hunger affects a pupil’s ability to concentrate, retain information, stay awake, and stay healthy. The less a pupil eats, the more likely they are to develop an illness. Years of missed meals can prevent a student from graduating, setting them up for a life of squandered potential and poverty.
Capwell Industries is helping to address these prevalent problems through its “Cup of Porridge a Day”, school uji program which has so far provided daily cups of Soko Porridge to over 1,000 pupils, in various primary schools since its inception last year. The program has also seen increased school attendance and improved education performance in the area.