In the early years food supplies were unstable, the children were only receiving one cup of maize ‘porridge’ per day, which was occasionally supplemented with fruit and, on rare occasions, some meat. In 2010 Tom informed us about the steep rise in food prices and how difficult it was, when buying small quantities, usually a sack at a time, to negotiate a good price on maize and sugar, also the considerable costs of transporting the maize to the village. One obvious solution was to buy in bulk, adapt the food storeroom, so that the maize and sugar could be bought in at wholesale prices, and stored.
On our 2010 visit we bought 2 large sealable drums to protect the maize from rodents. By 2011 we had raised enough money to be able to increase the monthly support so that food could be bought in bulk, and we also supplied a bicycle to ease the burden of transportation.
In 2012 with the purchase of the new site, Tom was able to feed the school and even generate some surplus by clever planting before the school’s move to it’s new site.
Now, with the donated agricultural land, the school is virtually self-sufficient in food and the 2014 donation of a 125 litre cooking pot has eased the cook’s burden.