We run a scheme whereby you can sponsor a child to attend a Porridge and Rice partner school.
Porridge and Rice partner schools receive no government fundung and so must self-finance by charging school fees. The catchment area of these schools take in a very poor population, where food on the family table must take priority and often school costs have to take second or even third place. Because of this, some children have a school career which could, at best, be described as "patchy", with some finishing their primary education in their late teens.
Children may miss school for a variety of reasons, but our sponsorship programme aims to ensure that parents being in difficult financial circumstances is not one of them. We work with the teachers at our partner schools to identify families in genuine need and pay the school fees of a handful of children in each school.
In exchange for this support, parents are asked to contribute to the school in the form of attending the school one or more days per week to participate in our "parent army". The parents help to clean the school, perform maintenance, act as classroom assistants and to prepare or serve lunch.
Parents are also asked to sign up to an agreement which addresses some of the challenges the children face with respect to gender discrimination and outdated customs.
Our sponsorship programme and the "parent army" have proven to be very successful since it was introduced in early 2015, with one school running out of things for the parents to do at one point, they were so enthusiastic!
To find out how you can get involved in the programme, please contact us.
left: Two young girls enjoying their breakfast Uji
right: looking out over the Kibera slum.
Children and some homes in Ngando slum.
Pupils of Excel Emmanuel at lunch.
Young girl in Ngando slums.
Glad Kids pupils in the playground.
PaR Volunteers serving breakfast at Excel Emmanuel.