Our Vision

Prospering independent Rural African communities

Partnering with rural communities

Increasing school attendance

Improving the perceived value of education

Improving children’s health

Improving national exam scores

Feeding Futures has provided over 160,000 meals per year since 2010 and given farm training to around 140 households. The plan is to finalise a ‘Partnership for Sustainability’ model and offer partnerships  to more schools in the region over the next five years but also to offer the model to others.

The gift of water

D. Hunja-Previous member of MPS Board of management, “Since 1976, Mukinyai Primary school has never had a single drop of water. Feeding Futures was sent here by God to prepare us for the pandemic we are experiencing right now. Pupils used to fetch water at the river Mau and you can imagine if we didn’t have water, pupils would be coming with their own water for hand-washing purposes. Now we have enough water not only to cook but for also for hand-washing.”

D. Hunja-Previous, former Board of School Management

The benefit of school meals

The head teacher Mary Njoroge said “Needy pupils can now access at least two meals a day with one of the meals being at school since their parents cannot afford to provide breakfast or lunch at home which has been provided at school for the last 2 years”. 

“Cases of absenteeism have gradually reduced and the health of the children has improved since they receive a balanced diet which has been guaranteed and also an improved school discipline since in the past there were many cases of theft of money at home by the pupils so that they can buy food during lunch hour and there has been no need by the same pupils to steal money from their parents now that they have no food to buy. The moral values have also improved such as responsible children who wash their plates and cups and patience in that they queue well during meals time and in case there is a class of pupils who have been caught up in a class activity and got late for their meals actually find that the other pupils did not get double portions and left them without a meal”

Mary Njorge, Head Teacher

SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL MEALS

By providing regular school meals, children are motivated to stay in school and learn better and be more resistant to illness.

COMMUNITY MOBILISATION

Through working in partnership with the school community, the children have a better educational experience and parents learn new skills.

AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Delivering farm training empowers individuals to be independent and also helps communities work together and support each other.

Meet Our Team

Vanessa Bennett

Founder and Chair of Trustees

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Colin Clark

Trustee and Treasurer

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Jenni Clark

Trustee

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Michael Askwith

Trustee

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Peterson Githinji

Trustee, Operations Director and Head Teacher

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Gemima Kema

Trustee in Kenya

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Andrew Njenga

Trustee in Kenya

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Joseph Gatu

Project Manager

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Naomi Matey

Agricultural and Community Leader

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Nderitu Nyaga

Development Support and Livestock Officer
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Our History

Feeding Futures began when Vanessa Bennett, a mother of young children in the UK became aware of children collapsing from hunger at school. St Brendan’s Primary is a rural school in the village of Ngwataniro in the Rift Valley of Kenya. The head teacher was Peterson Githinji, a friend of Vanessa’s. Together in 2009, they 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, later adding a food store. With joy and celebration, each of the 730 children at the school began receiving a substantial meal 2 days per week. As supporters were found and regular giving increased, we gradually increased the number of days children were fed at school and from July 2011 – following the food crisis in the Horn of Africa – the children were been fed every school day.

Feeding Futures in partnership with the second school, Mukinyai Primary, continues to provide a nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day. Many of them would have had no lunch at all and for some, it is their only cooked meal of the day. The impact of the meals has been huge. 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. 

Now working with a second school, we see increased commitment from the school and the community to work with us towards independence and away from a donor dependent school meals programme.

  • Relieving hunger

  • Reducing poverty

  • Promoting self-esteem

  • Combatting donor dependence

By combining meals for children at school with community training in sustainable agriculture, Feeding Futures works to improve the long-term prospects of disadvantaged, rural communities.

CHANGE A LIFE TODAY

As long as poverty, injustice & inequality persist, none of us can truly rest. It doesn’t take much to change a life; get in touch today and start making the difference.

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