Village Feast fundraiser hopes to return on P.E.I. in 2022 but good work continues in Kenya
The good work of the organizers and volunteers with the Village Feast in Souris, Prince Edward Island continues, despite the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling the event for two years in a row.
Alan MacPhee, representing the Village Feast, recently presented a cheque for more than $9,000 to the president of Farmers Helping Farmers, Judy Loo.
This donation will be used to pay the salaries of the school gardeners at 15 schools in Meru County for the next 10 months.
The school gardeners work in the school gardens located at each of the 15 rural schools where the Village Feast has built a cookhouse.
Farmers Helping Farmers continues to support the school gardens at each of the schools, with funds raised through the Holiday Campaign. These funds are used to purchase seeds, seedlings, and fertilizer needed in the school gardens.
The gardens produce vegetables which are added to the githeri (stew of maize and beans) which is made from the maize and beans provided by the parents for the school lunch. These include carrots, kale, spinach, onions and orange fleshed sweet potatoes.
The pupils also receive a cup of uji (porridge) mid morning.
More that 3,000 pupils receive a hot lunch and morning porridge each school day. Over the past year, more than 1,000,000 meals were served to Kenyan school children.
Although it was not possible to hold the Village Feast fund raiser during 2020 and 2021, there are plans to hold it again in 2022.