Ten-year-old Eunice lives a small village in Kenya, called Thika, which is part of a large coffee plantation. Most of the adults work on the plantation, as does Eunice’s family. The work is hard and wages low, only around £1 per day. Workers live in small tin huts on plantation land and must pay rent to the landowner. They own no land of their own to grow food.
This desperate situation means that most families cannot afford essential items and often go hungry. As a result, many children are taken out of school to help their parents earn money for food by working on the plantations. With support from Mission Together, The Assumption Sisters of Nairobi established a feeding programme from the school, with the aim of ensuring that the children living on the plantations are given the opportunity to have a healthy meal every day.
The Thika Feeding Programme is changing lives. By easing the financial pressure on families to provide lunch every day, and by encouraging them to send their children to school rather than work, Thika is enabling a better future for children like Eunice.
- Can your pupils say the Mission Together Prayer for children like Eunice each day this term?
- Can your class raise enough to help feed Thika’s children and ensure they stay in school?
Your pupils can find out more about Eunice’s story, explore a map of the Kenya, complete fun quizzes in our resources below.