Among the communities we work with, there are many issues which heavily impact the quality of everyday life. One of the most devastating challenges that our communities face is climate change and its effects on farming and food security. Over the last 10 years, there has been an increase in the frequency of droughts which has led to a rise in food prices, making it even more difficult for families to feed themselves.
Hence many of the children we work with face serious malnutrition. Many children of the 22STARS foundation eat only posho - a type of cornmeal porridge - and beans. If they are lucky they might have a meal with meat once a year. Families often struggle to have enough food on the table, especially during the dry season when crops may fail and food prices rise. It is also challenging for the foundation to visit all the children and evaluate their wellbeing as they are spread out throughout the whole community.
Since October 2016, we have been providing the sponsored children from the 22STARS foundation with a hot meal every weekend. Starting with 60 children, we now provide meals to more than 375 children. We also provide basic ‘emergency’ meals for families who are in urgent need.
We would like to acknowledge the vital contribution of Alexander Schledewits to this project. Alexander first visited us in Uganda in 2017, and has since started the group Teller Für Teller where 50 of his friends gather together in order to make monthly donations to our foundation for the nutrition project. To date, we have supplied more than 45,000 meals. Every contribution can make a significant difference as on average a meal costs just under one Euro.
Alongside providing the children with hot, nutritious food, the weekly meals also are a great social occasional for the children, giving them an opportunity to play and connect, and by buying our supplies locally we make sure that the donations are being reinvested into supporting the community as a whole.