A brief history of Feeding Futures began when Vanessa Bennett. As a mother of young children in the UK, she learned that children were collapsing from hunger at St Brendan’s Primary in the Rift Valley of Kenya. The head teacher, Peterson Githinji, a friend of Vanessa’s worked together in 2009 and pledged to do all they could to feed the children at the school. With the help of supporters in the UK, Feeding Futures was born.
In April 2010, Feeding Futures built a kitchen at St Brendan’s School and later added a food store. With joy and celebration, all 730 children at the school received a daily substantial cooked meal from July 2011. St Brendan’s received an award for the most improved exam scores in the area, and the feeding programme was the talk of the district. More importantly is the impact on individual lives.
Feeding Futures then partnered with Mukinyai Primary, providing a nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day. Many of the children would have had no lunch at all and for some, it is their only cooked meal of the day. The impact of the meals, supported by effective water harvesting has been huge. The community has come together and now provides the school meals independently from Feeding Futures.
Having heard of the work at Mukinyai, late in 2021, 15 schools applied to work in partnership with Feeding Futures. Four schools were shortlisted. Sidai Primary was one of the four selected to receive support to provide school breakfasts and lunches. Through serious partnership, guttering and tanks have been installed with a kitchen being built (November 2022). The aim is to provide meals to all the children at Sidai Primary School from January 2023.