New partner school

In July 2015, Porridge and Rice partnered with Heri Junior School in Mithonge within the Nairobi slums and started the roll out of its Feeding and Nutrition Program. Heri Junior is the 4th Porridge and Rice partner school since the charity was founded in February 2014 when it launched a Feeding program for the 250 pupils of Excel Emmanuel School. Today, Porridge and Rice has six programs that support around 2000 pupils. … [Read more...]

Meet a Maasai

The Osiligi Maasai Warriors arrived on 26th August into Glasgow Airport, having left Kenya yesterday. Tomorrow they start their tour of the UK, starting in Hamilton Scotland. … [Read more...]

New text books

Year 8 children supported by Porridge and Rice received a nice surprise when school at the beginning of term 4 May 2015. After years of relying on their teacher dictating notes, they now have brand new science text books. The books will make learning more enjoyable and a lot easier with quick access to information. Hopefully, the funds will soon be available for new Maths books … [Read more...]

School toilets

Sanitation is an important part of Porridge & Rice (PaR) Health and Hygiene program. PaR provides lessons on health and the importance of hygiene to avoid illness emphasising hand washing and disinfecting to avoid the spread of germs. PaR provides water, soap, and disinfectant to enable both. However, the toilets are not adequate and there are too few. At one school of 450 pupils, the pupils share two toilets with hundreds of members of the surrounding community leading to children often practising open defecation. Inadequate sanitation is a key factor in the transmission of STHs (Soil … [Read more...]

Enterprise and Education

In October Julian, from the Livingstone Tanzania Trust, attended a conference in Uganda, hosted by Teach a Man to Fish and paid for by them as part of our Award for Best Entrepreneur in Education Programme in Tanzania and 2nd best in Africa. The conference focused on how secondary schools can improve their self-sufficiency by adopting a more entrepreneurial approach. Schools from around the world explained how they were able to generate funds while improving the education of their students. This has given us a lot to think about to see if their models made can be applied to primary … [Read more...]

New Desks for Excel Emmanuel

Excel Emmanuel has struggled for a long time with seating for the pupils in the lower classes. Children frequently had to sit 4 or 5 to a desk made for 2 or 3. Sitting crammed up against each other makes it difficult for pupils to learn because they are uncomfortable and hot. It is particularly difficult to do written work. In September Porridge and Rice commissioned 10 new desks which were delivered in the same month. Children no longer need to sit squashed up against each other. They can sit comfortably and write with ease … [Read more...]

Oboch Community Resource Centre project

The centre is an idea built on a partnership between school, Church and community, a first project of its kind in the district. Run as a Social Enterprise by the newly formed, elected committee the centre will have a school library available to the community after school time, an IT suite for teacher training and for use as a community training/cyber cafe venue, a training/general meeting room for gatherings, drop ins and clinics and a large kitchen with dining area that will offer lunchtime meals to children and be used as a catering training venue for women. … [Read more...]

Welcome to Wamumbi Orphan Care Foundation

We are really pleased to welcome Wamumbi Orphan Care Foundation, a newly registered charity we have seen grown over the last 2 years. Indeed Genevieve, its founder, has been an active participant at our meets and an enthusiastic contributor and learner. It's always a real pleasure to see young people getting involved in charity work, an activity often seen as the remit of those who have retired and have time on their hands. In fact, we have a lot of young people amongst us. We wish Genevieve lots of luck developing her charity and admire her persistence and hard work supporting Martha and her … [Read more...]

New school building for Miche Bora

It's finally happening! We've started building our school and we are so excited. Mustard Seed Project’s rented building for their school Miche Bora is now absolutely full to bursting. In January 2015, at the start of the new school year we shall have 200 children from three to eleven in classes of 25. We literally did not have room for the new intake and we were beginning to worry about what we would do. There have been so many delays but finally all permissions have been granted and funding for the first phase is in place and we have started. The contractor has promised that the first phase … [Read more...]

Welcome to Porridge and Rice

T4A welcomes Porridge and Rice our latest member. Find out what they do and best of all, join one of their many fundraisers like their family day on 29th June in Whitton, featuring a 5-a-side football tournament. All ages are welcome to compete, or simply to join in the fun of being outdoors. There will also be activities like balloon animals and face painting, as well as hot dogs for sale. All details on their website. What a very active bunch they are. … [Read more...]

Latest news update on KYGN

One year on from the T4A meeting in Oxford, the new KYGN school has opened. The April meeting was the stimulus for the partnership between the kanga project and the newly formed KYGN UK and support from Goodwill and Growth for Africa (GAGA) Phase 1 of the purpose built new school in Mabogini, rural Tanzania opened today. The priority is and always will be first rate education and, crucially, English tuition to make transition to secondary education within reach to children who otherwise cannot meet the language requirements of secondary education. … [Read more...]

Growth of Babati

Babati is enduing rapid growth as it wrestles with new prominence as the designated administrative capital of the Manyara Region. Change is being trust on the area and with the growth demand is stimulated and prices rise. It is against this backdrop that our efforts to lessen hardship become ever more urgent, but we are struck by the way the people are responding. Self help has always been our mantra and it appears that the vast majority of people we come into contact with in the outlaying rural communities thrive with a little help. We have a very defined approach which deals with everyday … [Read more...]

A new school for KYGN in Mabogini

One of the outcomes of the Oxford meeting of T4A members was the formation of a new partnership between the kanga project and  Kilimanjaro Young Girls In Need (KYGN).  the kanga project is working with KYGN to help them finish construction of a new school which will accommodate up to 250, 3-11 year old children for pre-primary and primary education in the rural village of Mabogini, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. the kanga project is fully behind this project as KYGN is not just concerned with getting ‘bums on seats’  –  the most common measure of success – but is about providing … [Read more...]

The Water Run – 1000 miles, 60 days, 20L water

It is nearly D Day for Ollie Mason who on 4th July will be walking from John O'Groats to Lands End in 60 Days, carrying 20 litres of water unaided to, in his words, "emulate the struggle faced by millions of people - mostly women &    children - who are forced to walk huge distances to collect their daily water needs". Ollie wants to draw attention to this still massive issue and in the process raise funds for 6 charities; one of them T4A member Breakthrough Foundation.  Ollie, who is only 23 is a fantastic role model for young people. He deserves everyone's support, so please do visit his … [Read more...]

Monday’s wonderful news for the kanga project

Tetra Laval International SA have chosen the kanga project to be their beneficiary charity this Christmas. Expensive Christmas cards have been replaced by a donation to us and an electronic card bearing a message of support for our sponsorship programme. We can’t thank them enough. So thank you, thank you, thank you. We are really chuffed to get this support (can you tell?) and are keeping our fingers crossed that some of the many people who will get to know about us will perhaps become interested in helping a girl get the education she needs to get herself and her community out of … [Read more...]

Gifts for Gilead – A little Christmas advertising

Click on the title above for a lovely little Christmas promotional film made by Gilead Health Development. Enjoy the singing and help spreading a little happiness. … [Read more...]

Fuel efficient stoves are part of the solution

Approximately 3 billion people (1/2 the planet) are reliant on cooking their food over open fires. The problems associated with this have been well documented in the past and include pollution from soot which leads to respiratory problems; the release of carbon into the atmosphere adding to the problem of global warming; as well as deforestation and the environmental impact that represents. An article in The Daily Telegraph (7.5.11) tells us that many development agencies have for a long time being urging open fire users to use cleaner stoves and have offered designs to assist them. A … [Read more...]

New Kindergarten

The kindergarten at the Sinai Primary School near Babati in Northern Tanzania was housed in classroom Number 1. It was the first classroom to be built at the school without lintel because it was only intended to support the weight of a thatched roof. When a corrugated sheet roof replaced the thatch, the weight caused the walls to crack. The small overhang of the roof caused the rainwater runoff to fall too close to the building’s foundations which then started to erode. But with nowhere else to go, the teachers and students had no choice but to ignore the pending doom. Rebuilding the … [Read more...]

A small act documentary

This small film trailer is a compelling call for supporting the education of children. … [Read more...]

Rocket mud stoves

Thanks to a generous grant from The Souter Charitable Trust, the kanga project has been able to implement a much needed project. RWDA, our partners, are to introduce rocket mud stoves into Ilongero community. So last week RWDA sent Maria Francis, their project supervisor and Brown Pagani, a future stove builder and trainer, to Dodoma to undergo a week’s training with Sunseed Tanzania Trust in how to build these fuel efficient, environment & health friendly "rocket mud stoves". Although I know they were very happy with the training, we have not had their full report yet due to the very … [Read more...]