Sanitary pads

Porridge and Rice now provides free sanitary pads to all menstruating girls at its partner schools. Many families cannot afford sanitary pads for their girls so they either miss school for a week a month falling behind the boys or resort to unhygienic practices like using dry leaves. Girls at Porridge and Rice schools need never miss school again or face illness because of poor menstrual hygiene. … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Concrete walkways

Rain has always been a problem for Excel Emmanuel as it turns the school playground into mud and earned it its name Matopeni which means Place of Mud in Kiswahili. Children are forced to wear wellington boots to school or ruin their shoes. Anything dropped by accident is seriously damaged and completely ruined. In addition, the mud gets everywhere no matter how careful one is. Teachers are used to school books flecked with mud and having to brush it off. In October, Porridge and Rice, funded walkways for Excel Emmanuel. Pupils and teachers can now walk from classroom to classroom without … [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...]

New desks needed urgently

The majority of desks in the three schools Porridge & Rice support desperately need to be replaced. All three schools are in the Nairobi slums and do not receive any government funding. We replaced 10 desks in 2014, and will replace another 10 in January 2015. We need a further 80 desks to replace very damaged and broken desks for all our junior classes. We have negotiated an agreement with a local carpenter for desks that seat 2 to 3 junior children. We have to order 10 desks at a time at a cost of £320. We have already received and paid for ten desks so know that the carpenter is … [Read more...]

Glad Kids News

At the end of July, Porridge and Rice extended its feeding program to another school also in the Ngando slum of Nairobi. We now feed over 500 school children providing breakfast, lunch, and fruit every school day. … [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...]