A meal at school every day
For children in slums, regular meals are far from being a matter of course. Therefore, a daily meal is an incentive to go to school for many children and they will then attend at least primary school. It goes without saying that this meal also has a large effect on their health.
A school uniform
All children must wear a school uniform in Kenya, which is something that was retained from the British colonial time. However, because many poor families from the slums do not have enough money to pay for these, this is often a reason for them to prevent their children going to school. Where needed, we will give a child a school uniform for free.
From a very young age, children in slums and other poor areas are confronted with misery. Alcohol and drug abuse, the death of family members through AIDS, youth pregnancies and sexual abuse are a daily reality for many of these children. Macheo offers them psychosocial support in order to help deal with these problems.
A programme with results!
At the schools that Macheo supports, the students were often sick or they simply went in search of their daily ‘meal’ during the lessons. As a result of the educational programme, school performances have noticeably increased. The children are more often present in the lessons and, with a full stomach, they are able to concentrate and follow the lessons better. Since the introduction of the educational programme, enrolments for the schools have increased and the number of early school leavers has noticeably declined.
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