Guy Cudmore was thrilled to cut the ribbon to officially open the new cookhouse at Nkando Primary School in early February 2018.
Farmers Helping Farmers visitors attended the opening the three cookhouses in late January and early February. Each opening was a joyous event attended by parents, teachers, all students as well as the Farmers Helping Farmers visitors. There was dancing by the students as well as the parents and all Farmers Helping Farmers visitors were also invited to dance. The parents sang as well as the students.
More than 800 Kenyan school children will now have a hot meal each day at these facilities.
2017 marked the 10th anniversary of the Souris Village Feast and in recognition of the anniversary, they raised enough money to fund 4 new cookhouses at 4 primary schools in the Naari region (near Meru) of Kenya.
Winston Johnston cut the ribbon for the one at Rugatene Primary School. This cookhouse was sponsored by the 2017 Village Feast event.
Gerry McQuaid opened the cookhouse at Ndunyu Primary School which was sponsored by an anonymous Island donor
Guy Cudmore opened the cookhouse at Nkando Primary School sponsored by the Eastern Kings Fisher people.
The Eastern Kings fishers had saved up their donations over three years for this cookhouse.
Brody Webster and Aimee Gillis opened the fourth cookhouse at the Muruguma Primary School in March. This cookhouse was funded by Ed Babineau and family.
We thank Jennifer Murogocho who oversaw the construction of the 4 well built cookhouses which included energy efficient cookers and for the organization of the celebrations at the four opening ceremonies.
Thanks to the generous donors to the Holiday Campaign, Farmers Helping Farmers has also funded a school garden at each of these schools and at least one water tank has been funded at each school. The gardens will provide vegetables for the githeri (stew made of maize and beans) which is served to all students for the mid day meal. The school garden is grown under a net and includes drip irrigation. The vegetables grown in the garden include, kale, collard, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes and onions. Orange sweet potatoes are grown outside the netted garden along with butternut squash.
Farmers Helping Farmers horticultural staff oversee the gardens and each school has a gardener funded by the Village Feast.
The openings were broadcast live on the Farmers Helping Farmers Facebook page.
A new cookhouse – and more!
It was a very exciting weekend in Kenya as our Farmers Helping Farmers volunteers and UPEI Pre-Service Teachers participated in the opening of our newest cookhouse, thanks to the incredible efforts of the Souris Village Feast.
The cookhouse is located at Michaka Primary School – which is twinned with Stratford Elementary School. FHF board member Lydia MacKay is a teacher at Stratford Elementary and the chair of the Education Committee so we are sure this cookhouse is especially exciting for her to share with her students!
FHF board members Carolyn Francis, Wendy MacDonald and Liz Townsend were
also on hand to experience the opening of the cookhouse.