Each fall, Umoja Partnership has a Food for Thought Campaign to fund its school lunch program in 20 primary schools. More than 4,300 children receive a nourishing lunch, consisting primarily of maize and beans and cooked and served by guardians and other community members.
- We work in the rural areas of the district of Kisumu in western Kenya, where the average family lives on less than a dollar a day. The population is dominated by young people (39% are age 15 or younger).
- 30.5% of these young people lack a parent at home. Due to the loss of one or both parents, a large proportion of children in our community are not living with their biological parents.
- Often, these families do not have enough money to provide food for their families, and schools in Kenya do not provide lunch. Young children frequently skip school to search for small jobs to buy food.
- Our School Lunch Program ensures that 4,371 students in 20 primary schools receive at least one nutritious meal every day. We also provide weekend and evening food to 150 households in which children live alone without any adult present.
- It costs just 14 cents to feed one student per day! A gift of $50 nourishes the mind and body of 333 students for a day.
- Established in 2007, we are a partnership of many faiths, from different cultures, on two different continents, united in our service to change lives by keeping children in school.
For more than ten years, members of Second have joined with other faith groups in Indianapolis to support the work of the Umoja Partnership in western Kenya. The Kenyan staff provides food, shelter, empowerment programs, and education fees for orphaned and vulnerable children.
Umoja is a partnership of many faiths, from different cultures, on two continents, united in service to change lives by keeping children in school. Umoja means “unity” in Kiswahili. Learn more about Umoja Partnership.
Second is a founding member of Umoja Partnership, an interfaith organization dedicated to transforming communities one child at a time. You can learn more at UmojaPartnership.org.