City: Nairobi

Meals in Mathare Valley

In the Mathare Valley in Nairobi, Kenya, food, clothing, and education are hard to come by. That’s why Convoy of Hope partners with Mama Jane to feed underserved children every school day.

“It’s not easy to get even one meal,” Jane Nuthu said. Jane works with children in Mathare Valley and sees the need firsthand. But she also gets to see the smiles on children’s faces when they get a full, nutritious meal.“When they came to our program, it had a very great impact on their lives,” she said.

Now, more than 1,000 children in the area receive healthy meals every day they meet for school.

“The food is very balanced,” Faith, a student at the center, said. “It helps our bodies, it always gives us energy, and it even prevents us from being sick … I like this school very much!”

Because of your support, more than 387,000 children like Faith receive help, hope, and nutritious meals in communities around the world. Thank you for giving them the chance they need to build a brighter future.

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Children's Feeding

Empowered Girls Keep Good Company

Part of life for many people living in Nairobi’s urban neighborhoods is fetching water. Often, there is a single standpipe for dozens of families where people line up with their jerrycans.

Julie is 12 years old. For her, that daily chore makes life harder. “When you go to fetch water, there are people who sit around and abuse others,” she says.

Fortunately, Julie is part of Convoy of Hope’s Girls’ Empowerment program, which helps girls learn about life skills and nutrition so that they can thrive. On a recent Thursday afternoon, the classroom erupted in cheer when the Convoy of Hope teacher, Favour, entered. It was a large room split in two by a paperboard partition — the sixth graders faced west and the fourth graders faced east. Favour led the older students in a game that had them howling with laughter. Then, they reviewed what they’d learned from the previous session on time management: Have a timetable. Avoid the bed and sofa because they make you lazy. Make deadlines. Don’t let work pile up. Set goals.

The lessons from the program help students like Julie cope with difficult environments. While she lives with both parents in a safe apartment building and goes to a good school, her environment still can be tough. She says something she has learned from Girls’ Empowerment is the importance of keeping good company and avoiding bad company. This is a helpful lesson at the standpipe, at school, and everywhere else she might go in life.

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