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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Kadzinuni needs reading glasses.

The Friends of Kadzinuni want to distribute reading glasses to the Kadzinuni community in Kenya so that many more people can take advantage of the well stocked community library. If you have some spare ones, please get in touch with them on their website. … [Read more...]

Harambee Schools Kenya

We warmly welcome our latest member, Harambee Schools Kenya. HSK works with rural Kenyan communities to improve educational standards and opportunities by funding and managing construction projects and providing educational materials for primary and secondary schools in the area around Gilgil, in the Rift Valley. … [Read more...]

Progress in Tanzania

The Livingstone Tanzania  Trust has just produced its 10th Newsletter highlighting progress made over the summer months. Check out the new library, the pig projects, our efforts to save the forest, electric free fridges and even a solar pasteurisation roof.  Newsletter 10 We hope you enjoy it and give us feedback and help. … [Read more...]

Ujamaa Revival – The Livingstone Tanzania Trust’s model school in Tanzania.

Much has been written about Julius Nyerere’s socialist experiment in Tanzania, an experiment that ended with the country being held back in development terms, whilst at the same time unifying the country to make it the stable country it has become. But when we look at what he wanted to achieve do we call it socialism or to use a Clegg phrase “fairness”? Nyerere’s aim was to have equal rights, equal opportunities, a place where neighbours can live in peace without suffering or imposing injustice, being exploited or exploiting, where everyone has the basic level of material welfare before … [Read more...]

The Makutano Junction Project

"Makutano Junction" is a gripping Kenyan produced TV soap opera which currently attracts over seven million viewers in Kenya alone. It aims both to entertain and educate English-speaking African audiences. Set in a fictional Kenyan village, it follows the loves and lives of a colourful cast; romance, comedy, corruption, tragedy— it’s all in there! Thanks to funding from DFID, the producers of Makutano Junction, Mediae, have teamed up with Just Ideas, DECs and teachers across the UK to devise innovative teaching materials which help (teachers) develop the Global Dimension across the … [Read more...]

“8 GOALS FOR AFRICA”

The World Cup may be over but it's not over for the 8 Millennium Goals. Join the "8 GOALS FOR AFRICA" campaign and get singing. 8 Goals For Africa from 8 Goals For Africa on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

Women Deliver

This organisation is a great source of information on women's issues and on why investing in their health and education is so critical to the well being of the whole world. Women Deliver - Invest in women, it pays - … [Read more...]

the girl effect

Watch this video. It is simply a brilliant explanation of the powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have the opportunity to participate in their society.  The girl effect … [Read more...]