Christ Community Lutheran School in Kawete, Uganda has a great need of sustainable food resources. Three days a week the kids eat posho, which is cooked porridge of ground maize and sugar, for school lunch. The Kids Against Hunger food is cooked twice a week as the supply lasts. This high-nutrition foodstuff is like gold in Kawete. The kids don’t leave a grain of rice on their plate...
The need is great, but this school has truly taken advantage of the agricultural resources they have been given. This year, the school had a major planting of corn, or “maize”, in March. The school’s four “houses” (St. Paul, St. Mark, St. Peter, St. Louis) are all competing with one another to get the largest yield. A little healthy competition never hurt anyone, and the end result is a high yield and passing down good agriculture practices in the community.
In addition to these crops, we are also drilling a second borehole well, this one for the exclusive use of our school. In addition to many other uses, it should help the garden produce a higher yield. The other well continues to run practically non-stop and is used by the entire village.
This is just one example of how the poorest and neediest communities are striving to be self-sustaining. Packaged and shipped food is certainly valuable, needed, and graciously received, but being able to grow crops on a yearly basis is reliable and a blessing to these communities. It is a sign of stability. It is our goal to equip and encourage these communities on this path.