Kajiado County is an arid, rural area of Kenya that has been experiencing severe drought. Many communities do not have enough food and water to go around, which takes a huge toll on children’s health and school attendance. We partner with six schools to provide lunch for their students. These lunches improve school attendance and student health, and help students focus on their studies—rather than empty bellies—while they’re at school.
But because the drought has dried up rivers and left sand pits, traveling around with pallets of beans and wheat can be rather difficult! We had quite an eventful—but rewarding!—trip delivering the food this term.
We started by loading food from central Kenya—where beans and wheat are plentiful and cheap—into the back of a lorry. The drive from central to the first school started early in the morning, but by the time we got to Kajiado it was already hot, hot, hot!
Thankfully, some strong students were there to help us unload the bags.
And it wasn’t just the boys!
Smiling faces all around after hearing they’d have lunch for the rest of the term!
The next school was just as happy to see us. The bags really were heavy, and we were happy we had such willing helpers!
We were glad we’d been able to bring so much food, but it made the lorry so heavy. Combined with the sandy passes left behind when the river dried up, we started to have some serious problems!
Fortunately, we were traveling with some really resourceful guys! Between digging and wedging rocks under the wheels, we were able to get the lorry…
To the other side of the pit! Where we promptly got stuck again.
We waited until the market was over for the day and people were heading back home. Around forty of us gathered around the lorry and pushed it all the way up the hill. Talk about some good Samaritans! “It takes a village” has never felt so true!
After sleeping at one of the schools, we got an early start the next morning.
We were saved by the community again when some of the parents organized motorbikes to get the food across another huge sand pit!
The rest of the day was filled with helpful parents and excited students.
And once again we were more than grateful to be part of improving nutrition and education in underserved communities in Kenya!