Summer in the Sun
Planning is underway for the summer trip to Kenya. Volunteers will be in Kenya for from late July to the first week of September.
Volunteers will be busy on tasks including urban farming, teaching maths, english or health lessons, and building new latrines.
If you are interested in joining the team, please fill in the
volunteer form on the Porridge and Rice website.
The Giving Machine is a wonderful way to donate to Porridge and Rice without
giving any money. Please use it for your on-line purchases if possible.
The Giving Machine lists vendors which will pay a small percentage of purchases to
Porridge and Rice. All you need to do is join The Giving Machine and make purchases
via their site. They will organise all the rest.
Peels and Stems
The January redesign of the menu encountered some cultural challenges.
When sweet potatoes were identified as a source of Vitamin A, it was proposed that they be added to the lunch stew. The idea
didn't go down well. Kenyans regard sweet potato as too sweet to include in a savoury stew. They eat it for breakfast.
The next challenge with the sweet potato was that it was being peeled and hence stripped of many important nutrients. There was sincere
surprise from the Kenyans when they were told that it made nutritional sense to eat the peels which is the norm now in PaR schools.
Kale was added to lunch to increase the Iron content in meals. At first, only the leaves were eaten. It took some persuasion to get
pupils and teachers to try eating all the Kale, stalk and leaves. Several days later, comments of surprise
about how good all the Kale tasted, were still being uttered by staff and children alike.
Feathers and Fluff
Chickens, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, budgies, finches, and doves are on show to see in aid of Porridge and Rice on Sunday
12 April at 2pm.
Many of the animals, like the guinea pigs, chickens, and hedgehogs, are happy to be held and petted.
As it is Spring, several of the animals like the chickens will have babies.
There will also be balloon modelling and face painting along with cakes and canned drinks for sale.
All the money raised will go to Porridge and Rice.