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Helen, a volunteer studying accounting in the UK and Spain, serves breakfast to the children of Excel school in Ngando, a Nairobi slum. Pupils are served mugs of Uji, an African porridge, each school morning. Uji provides the children with lots of energy to keep them going and Vitamin C to build their health.


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Rachel, a medical student from Nottingham University in the UK, serves Uji to the pupils of a Porridge and Rice school. Uji is hot, filling and high in carbohydrates starting the childen off with full stomachs and loads of energy for their school day.


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Vish, a Physics student at a university in London, serves breakfast to the children of Excel school in Ngando, a Nairobi slum. The Uji that is served has added Vitamin C to help pupils remain healthy and giving it a pleasant sour edge.


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Sharon, a teacher from the UK, serves breakfast at Forrester school in Kawangware, a Nairobi slum, with Otieno, the deputy head of the school. Many families cannnot afford a proper breakfast for their children, so hunger is a real problem amongst students.


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Alison, a primary school teacher from the US, serves the children of Lizpal, a steaming, hot mug of Uji, a porridge made from millet and sorghum wheat with lemon juice to taste. Uji is an excellent source of Iron, Vitamin C and fibre helping to tackle nutritional deficiencies which are common in the Nairobi slums.


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The children of Compassion School are served Uji at the start of the day. Hunger is a serious problem among the children of Githogoro, a Nairobi slum, which is extremely poor. The Porridge and Rice feeding and nutrition programme works to combat hunger as a hungry child cannot learn.


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The feeding and nutrition programme of Porridge and Rice has not only eradicated hunger on school days, but also ensures that the children of Compassion School in Githogoro, do not suffer nutritional deficiencies common in the Nairobi slums.


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Each school day starts with hot Uji for breakfast ensuring the children have full stomachs and can focus in lessons. Hidden hunger - not being hungry but being nutritionally deprived - is a major problem in the Nairobi slums, and as much of a priority for the Porridge and Rice feeding programme as hunger.


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Agneta, a Danish volunteer, serves the children sweet potato with breakfast to provide them with the Vitamin A that they need. Vitamin A deficiency is a serious problem in the poor in Kenya, and a major cause of irreversible blindness.


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Yellow sweet potato is exceptionally high in Vitamin A, one of three serious deficiencies among the poor of sub-Saharan Africa. Sweet potato is served to children at breakfast time with their Uji. Porridge and Rice is now self-sufficient in sweet potato, growing sufficient for its 2000 pupils and nearly 100 teachers.


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UK volunteers launch the first Porridge and Rice feeding programme at Excel School in Ngando. Rohan, Lucy, Kuljit and Jake serve lunch to the pupils at the school in May 2014 for the first time in the charity's history. Currently, Porridge and Rice partners with 5 schools feeding nearly 2000 pupils each school day.


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Emma, Vish, and Jude, trustees of Porridge and Rice, serve a lunch of rice and Nyayo bean stew to the children of Lizpal School. Nyayo beans are high in iron, a major deficiency in the region. In addition, the stew contains iodised salt added to provide the children with Iodine, a second serious deficiency in sub-Saharan Africa.


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Dutch volunteers from Delft university, Thomas, Nena, Lionel, and Laurens, assist Emma, a trustee of Porridge and Rice, with serving lunch to the children of Lizpal school in Ngando. Children receive a piece of fruit with lunch once a week to provide them with the vital micronutrients they need to be healthy. 4 Today, ndizi (bananas in Swahili) are on the menu.


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Martin, a member of the Porridge and Rice committee and a computer specialist, serves lunch at Excel school in Ngando in the Nairobi slums. The popular local vegetable, Sukuma Wiki (a relative of Kale), is added to the bean stew to provide Iron for the pupils.


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Dhruv and Ned, volunteers from the UK, assist teachers to serve lunch at Excel School. Lunch is carefully designed to ensure children receive a healthy diet that combat commons local nutritional deficiencies and provides the children with the nutrition they require to be healthy.


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Emma, Vish, and Jude, trustees of Porridge and Rice, serve lunch to the pupils at Lizpal school in Ngando in the Nairobi slums. Lizpal was the second school to become a Porridge and Rice partner.


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Pupils at Excel School in Ngando queue for lunch served by teachers Andrew, Maureen, and Grenah, assisted by Jake, a volunteer and philosophy student from the UK during a four week trip to Kenya in 2015.


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It is lunch time at Excel School, the first Porridge and Rice school, and teachers Andrew, Maureen, and Grenah, are assisted by UK volunteer Jake, in serving Nyayo bean stew on rice to the pupils. The stew includes a combination of seasonal vegetables, Sukuma Wiki in particular, to ensure that the children receive the RDA of essential vitamins and nutrients needed for healthy development.


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Head teacher Beth (right) and deputy head teacher Grace (far right) help the school cooks serve the pupils their lunch at Lizpal school in Ngando, a large slum in Nairobi.


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The bean stew served at lunch time is key to keeping children healthy. While many children would prefer to have only white rice, this is not allowed as it would result in them becoming nutritionally deficient very quickly. The stew is high in Iron and Iodine, two of 3 major deficiences in the region.


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Each school is provided with sufurias (large pots) and a jiko (charcoal stove) for preparing food when the food and nutrition programme is launched. Sufuria is a Swahili word for a flat based, deep sided, lipped and handleless cooking pot. The Kenya Ceramic Jiko is a portable, charcoal-burning stove which was developed to reduce fuel consumption.


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In the slums, drains weave in and out between people's homes. The locals empty everything into them from water used to cook food to urine and faeces. They are a breeding ground for pathogens of all kinds. Ken, Jake, and Roshan, volunteers from the UK, assess the state of a drain outside Excel School in Ngando, an area of the Nairobi slums.


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Periodically, volunteers will clear out a drain to keep the contents moving away from a Porridge and Rice school. Ned, Rachel, and Taylor, volunteers from the UK, clear out the drain that passes across the entrance to Excel school in Ngando, an area of the Nairobi slums. Each time it rains, this drain floods, spreading its contents across the school grounds presenting a real threat to the health of pupils.


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Kuljit, Lucy, Jake, and Roshan, volunteers from the UK, work with the late John Obonyo to clear the grounds of Excel Emmanuel, a Porridge and Rice partner school in the Nairobi slums, of rubbish from broken bottles to plastic, and to redirect a drain running across the middle of the school playground.


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After years of being trampled underfoot, the soil in the school playground becomes hard and compacted. Lucy, a volunteer from the UK, took her turn with the pick axe to loosen the at Excel school in Ngando within the Nairobi slums, to make it possible to move a drain away from where the children play.


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Dhruv and Ned, volunteers from the UK, wash up after a morning working hard to improve the grounds at Excel School in Ngando, an area of the Nairobi slums. It is dusty, and sometimes muddy work, but necessary to improve conditions to protect the health and safety of the pupils at the school.


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Kuljit, a volunteer from the UK, clears a patch of soil at Lizpal school, a Porridge and Rice school in Ngando, to enable it to be planted with sweet potato. Sweet potato is high in Vitamin A, a deficiency that is a major cause of blindness in sub-Saharan Africa. The children at Porridge and Rice schools receive sweet potato once a week to ensure they get the Vitamin A that they need.


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Luan, a UK volunteer and post-graduate student, redirects a drain at Lizpal school to improve the flow of water during the rainy season, and stop the school grounds flooding when it rains. The pupils are always keen to help where they can.


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Taylor and Ned, volunteers from the UK, clear and widen a drain at Lizpal school to direct rainwater away from the school grounds when it rains. Rain in Kenya is heavy, falling fast and flooding quickly if there are no adequate drains to direct the water away.


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Taylor and Kuljit, volunteers from the UK, clear grass and rubbish from a small piece of ground at Lizpal school in Ngando, so that sweet potato can be planted. The children at Porridge and Rice schools receive sweet potato with breakfast at least once a week, to ensure that they receive the Vitamin A needed to stay healthy.


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UK volunteers and A level students, Vish and Taylor, begin digging a compost pit at Lizpal School in Ngando. Schools generate a lot of biodegradable matter that can be used to improve the soil for growing small patches of vegetables like Sukuma Wiki and sweet potato.


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Helen, a volunteer from the UK, helps with the assistance of a Lizpal pupil, to make a drain deeper to improve water flow around the school in the rainy season. Vish, a second volunteer looks on. Lizpal is a Porridge and Rice partner school in Ngando, an area of the Nairobi slums.


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Ramy and Taylor, volunteers from the UK, cover the first compost pit as it is full, and start digging a second at Lizpal school in Ngando, a Nairobi slum. When the compost pit is full, vegetables like Sukuma Wiki and sweet potato, will be planted on top of it, both of which are highly nutritional.


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Volunteers from the UK line up to move stones at Lizpal school in Ngando, making quick work of the task. From the left, Luan, Vish, Taylor, Ned, Helen, and Leonie with the late John Obonyo, the local Porridge and Rice representative, demonstrate the value of team work.


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Sorting out the stones that will form the base of the kitchen extension at Lizpal in Ngando, an area of the Nairobi slums, is performed rapidly when UK volunteers, Emma, Ned, and Luan, have the help of the pupils at the school who enjoy interacting with volunteers.


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Luan, a graduate volunteer from the UK, and the pupils at Lizpal school in Ngando, ensure that the stones of the floor of the new kitchen are spread evenly and compacted firmly. Pupils love to participate in tasks between lessons, and will readily volunteer to help.


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Ned, a UK volunteer studying Maths at Nottingham university, turns cement for the kitchen floor, while Vish, another volunteer from the UK, expertly holds the hosepipe that provides water for the cement mixture at Lizpal school. Pupils, as always, are keen to lend a hand.


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Vish, Ned and Ramy, A level and university volunteers from the UK, load the wheelbarrow with cement, turning and thinning it to the right consistency to ensure that the new kitchen floor at Lizpal school in Ngando in the Nairobi slums, is strong and smooth.


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The cement must be completely smooth before it can be spread to make a floor. Volunteers Vish and Ned mix and stir, while Ramy, another UK volunteer, helps to tidy up at Lizpal school in Ngando in the Nairobi slums.


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Ramy, a UK volunteer, puts the finishing touches to the new kitchen floor at Lizpal school in Ngando in the Nairobi slums. Once it is smooth, it will be allowed to dry and harden over two days. The kitchen will then be finished.


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The extension to the kitchen at Lizpal school in Ngando, a Nairobi slum, begins to take shape, thanks to the hard work of volunteers from the UK and the pupils of the school.


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Ned and Helen, UK volunteers, find it easier to carry a borrowed wheelbarrow than push it over the rough ground of the Nairobi slums. The wheelbarrow will be used to mix and move cement for the floor of Lizpal school, a Porridge and Rice partner school in Ngando.


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UK volunteers, Lucy, Jake, Roshan, and Kuljit, help to off load supplies for the construction of the kitchen at Excel school in Ngando in the Nairobi slums where breakfast and lunch will be cooked for the pupils and teachers of the school.


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Vish and Jake, volunteers from the UK, research prices for water tanks. Porridge and Rice works to provide each school with a water tank that can be used to provide clean water for hand washing, cooking, and cleaning.


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The frame of the Excel kitchen takes shape. It will provide a permanent place to store cooking equipment and food to support the feeding programme at the school. The programme ensures that none of the pupils are hungry on school days.


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The early stages of the construction of the school at Compassion school in Githogoro, scheduled for completion in 2018. Trustees, Ken and Brigitte, are shown around by the head teacher of Compassion school, Evanson.


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Neil Atkins of Rubbish Science and his son demonstrate how rubbish can be used to produce interesting demonstrations of scientific principles. Teacher Titus and teacher Mary, head and deputy head of Excel school, watch with interest.


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Alison, a volunteer from the US, teaches maths at Heri Junior school while Ruth, the header teacher, watches from the door, and the class teacher sits at the back of the lesson.


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Rachel, a medical student from the UK, helps a pupil read an English text to the class in an English lesson at a Porridge and Rice school in Ngando in the Nairobi slums. The charity welcomes volunteers at all its partner schools.


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Laurens, a volunteer from Delft University in the Netherlands, teaches an inquisitive group of pupils at Lizpal school in Ngando in the Nairobi slums. Volunteers invites students to do work experience or complete electives at Porridge and Rice partner schools.


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Dhruv, an A level student from the UK, teaches statistics to pupils in class 8 at a Porridge and Rice school in Ngando in the Nairobi slums. Porridge and Rice welcomes volunteers to help at its partner schools.


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Emma, a qualified paediatric nurse, teaches the teachers of Porridge and Rice partner schools, the principles of nutrition such as the three primary food groups of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. The charity works to improve nutrition by educating students and the community, encouraging them to think through their diets to combat local nutrional issues leading to poor health.


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Jude, a software engineer, teaches pupils at Compassion school in Githogoro, the different types of teeth in a lesson on dental hygiene. Operation Brush provides toothbrushes to Porridge and Rice pupils at partner schools in the Nairobi slums.


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In lessons on dental hygiene at Porridge and Rice partner schools in the Nairobi slums, children are encouraged to participate to make the learning process interesting and to ensure that they retain the information presented to them. Pupils respond well to this approach and it makes the learning experience more effective.


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Pupils enjoy coming to the blackboard to demonstrate that they have been listening and understand what they are being taught in lessons at Porridge and Rice partner schools in the Nairobi slums. It is essential when teaching dental hygiene that the messages are not just understood but remembered and implemented in the lives of pupils from the slums.


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Having taught a lesson on dental hygiene at Compassion School in Githogoro, Jude, a software engineer from the UK, gives each child a toothbrush. The toothbrushes are provided by Operation Brush.


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Pupils at Heri Junior school in Mithonge, an area in the Nairobi slums, practice the movement needed to clean their teeth with a brush provided by Operation Brush. The brushes are bought and paid for by Operation Brush then shipped to Porridge and Rice for distribution in the Nairobi slums.


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Pupils at Heri Junior school in Mithonge, an area in the Nairobi slums, practice cleaning their teeth. Dental hygiene is so important for children that Porridge and Rice is extremely grateful to Operation Brush for their support in providing biodegradable toothbrushes every 6 months for the pupils of Porridge and Rice schools.


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A pupil at Heri Junior school in Mithonge practices cleaning her teeth with her new brush provided by the US charity Operation Brush, after a lesson on dental hygiene by a Porridge and Rice volunteer.


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So many of the children in the Nairobi slums have cavities and other dental problems, that Porridge and Rice is very grateful to Operation Brush for making it possible to teach children about the importance of dental hygiene and provide the children with toothbrushes every 6 months.


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Pupils at Heri Junior School celebrate their new toothbrushes provided by Operation Brush, a US charity that supports the work of the Health and Hygiene programme of Porridge and Rice.


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Many families cannot afford to buy sanitary pads for their daughters, so the girls either miss a week of school every four weeks or resort to unhygienic solutions like using dry leaves. To keep the girls in school and to protect their health, Porridge and Rice provides all menstruating girls and female staff with sanitary pads each month.


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The girls at Porridge and Rice schools are provided with sanitary pads each month, bought by the charity. As many have no experience using such a product, an instructor will teach them how it is done.


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Porridge and Rice measures the height and weight of children every 6 months. The data that is collected is used to track the impact of the Feeding and Nutrition programme on the development of the children supported by the charity.


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The height and weight of the children is compared to data provided by the WHO to check whether pupils are growing as expected for their age. School staff and parents are trained to be able to assist with the collection and interpretation of the data.


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The height and weight of the children in the four youngest classes, are measured and recorded every 6 months at all five Porridge and Rice schools by nurses or trained staff. This enables the charity to track the development of the children it supports, identifying any with problems that require special attention.


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Measuring the height of children every 6 months is time-consuming but extremely important. Porridge and Rice uses the data to identify children which are not developing normally. Stunting is a significant problem among the poor in sub-Saharan Africa and has significant, long-term effects like a reduction in mental ability and life span.


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Data collection requires the co-operation of the children and assistance from members of staff. It is a lengthy process but provides extremely valuable data on the impact of the feeding programme.


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Teachers and parents help when children have their height and weight measured. The task can be lengthy and involved so all help is appreciated. It is a busy but worthwhile day.


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The collection of height and weight data is supervised by a trained person like Emma, a paediatric nurse and vice-chair of the charity Porridge and Rice. The data is reviewed at regular intervals to check on the health of the children.


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Not every child understands that height and weight measurement is painless. Beth, head teacher of Lizpal school, consoles a crying child while Jude, both a charity trustee and volunteer, looks on.


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Emma, a paediatric nurse from the UK, and Mary, the deputy head teacher of Excel school, review the height and weight data for the pupils of Excel School in Ngando, an area in the Nairobi slums, to identify any children not developing normally according to the WHO metrics.


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Jude, a software engineer from the UK and a Porridge and Rice trustee, records height and weight data for the children at Lizpal school in Ngando, a Nairobi slum. The data will be used to monitor the efficacy of the Feeding and Nutrition programme.


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Emma, a volunteer nurse from the UK, reviews the data collected at Lizpal school in Ngando to check that the Feeding and Nutrition programme enables pupils to develop strong and healthy bodies and minds.


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Most of the children are calm and cooperative when they are measured and weighted by trained staff. Agneta, a volunteer from Denmark, presents a child at Lizpal school in Ngando, an area of the Nairobi slums, with a sticker as a reward for behaving so well.


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Emma, a qualified paediatric nurse, inspects the eyes of pupils at Heri Junior in Mithonge, an area of the Nairobi slums, to identify problems that require treatment, especially the early signs of trachoma, a disease that causes permanent blindness if not treated.


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Emma, a qualified paediatric nurse, inspects children's eyes at Excel school in Ngando, a slum area in Nairobi, to identify problems that need treating or referral to a hospital for further investigation.


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Alison, a children's nurse from the US, inspects the eyes of pupils at Heri Junior school in Mithonge, a Nairobi slum. Children of the area have very little access to healthcare because of the cost. The charity provides basic care and supports more serious cases with the cost where possible.


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Sharon, a volunteer from the UK, hands Ruth, head teacher of Heri Junior school in Mithonge, a laptop donated to Porridge and Rice by supporters in the UK. Second hand laptops donated by supporters of the charity enable them to perform school administration more effectively and remain in contact with the members of the team in Kenya and the UK.


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Ken from the UK, gives Mary, deputy head of Excel School, a Porridge and Rice partner school in Ngando, a laptop donated by supporters of Porridge and Rice. Titus, head of Excel school, joins the photograph. Second hand laptops donated by supporters help the Kenyan team do their jobs more effectively.


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Jude, a volunteer from the UK, provides Titus and Mary, head and deputy head of Excel school, with a lesson on Excel on using spreadsheets on a donated, second-hand laptop. The head and deputy head of each Porridge and Rice school are give a laptop to collect data and communicate with the UK Porridge and Rice team. The laptops are provided courtesy of people donating their used laptops to the charity.


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Volunteers provide IT training for charity staff in Kenya. Jude, a volunteer from the UK, provides Titus, head of Excel School in Ngando an area of the Nairobi slums, with instruction on the finer points of using spreadsheets.


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Carolina and Vincent, husband and wife volunteers from the US, help to sort books donated to Porridge and Rice partner schools by Books Abroad. Carolina, a photographer, turned her skill to capturing the children of Porridge and Rice, producing a a superb series of images.


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Carolina, a photographer from the US, sorts books for the Porridge and Rice schools. While in Kenya, she also took some fantastic photographs of staff and pupils of charity schools, captivating and moving images for which the charity is very grateful.


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Vincent and Carolina, a husband and wife team from the US, help to sort books at Lizpal school in Ngando an area of the Nairobi slums, before they are distributed to each partner school. The books were donated by Books Abroad.


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Donated books are sorted by volunteers Carolina and Jude at Lizpal school, a Porridge and Rice school in Ngando an area of the Nairobi slums, books that will be used to etablish a library at each school.


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The pupils of Lizpal school in Ngando within the Nairobi slums, read books donated by Books Abroad. Books are too expensive for schools in the slums to buy so donations enable schools to give children access to books.


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Grace and Beth, deputy head and head of Lizpal school in Ngando, part of the Nairobi slums, collect books donated by Books Abroad. Books are too expensive for schools to be able to afford them, let alone buying enough to build a library.


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Titus and Mary, head and deputy head of Excel school in Ngando, an area of the Nairobi slums, enjoy books donated to improve literacy standards among teachers, most of which of dedicated and talented, but have not had access to further education.


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Luan, a volunteer from the UK, prepares edging for the blackboard he has recently painted. As part of the Facilities and Furniture programme, volunteers refurbished a total of 14 blackboards in Excel school in Ngando, a section of the Nairobi slums.


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Vish helps Luan, both UK volunteers, with cutting a piece of wood to be used to create a frame for a new blackboard. Volunteers repaired and repainted existing blackboards and created new blackboards for the classrooms at Excel school in Ngando, a Nairobi slum area.


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After putting on the final coat of blackboard paint, Luan and Taylor, UK volunteers, rest the freshly painted blackboard against a classroom wall to allow it to dry before installing it in a classroom at Excel school, a Porridge and Rice school in Ngando, a slum area of Nairobi.


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Helen and Leonie, volunteers from the UK, clean an old blackboard to make it ready for repainting with two layers of blackboard paint at Excel school, a Porridge and Rice school in Ngando, a slum area of Nairobi. Volunteers of Porridge and Rice perform real tasks at partner schools.


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Helen, an accounting university student, and Leonie, an A level student, discuss and admire their handiwork after repainting an existing blackboard at Excel school in Ngando, a slum within the Nairobi area.


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Nyayo beans are grown by the charity for use in the Nutrition and Feeding progamme. Nyayo beans are a local variety of kidney bean that is particularly high in Iron, a serious deficiency in sub-Saharan Africa.


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Volunteers from the UK, visit one of the charity shambas (Swahili for field or small holding) to see where sweet potatoes are grown for the Feeding and Nutrition programme. Sweet potato is particularly high in Vitamin A, which the children living in the Nairobi slums need urgently.


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Papayas and bananas are grown among sweet potatoes making use of the land more efficient. Both crops provide people with key nutrients needed to stay healthy.


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Teacher Titus, head of Excel school in Ngando, and Teacher Evanson, head of Compassion school in Githogoro, stand in the shade of a banana tree on one of the charity's shambas in Githogoro where sweet potato is grown for the Feeding and Nutrition programme.


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Teacher Evanson, head of Compassion school in Githogoro, and Teacher Titus, head of Excel school in Ngando, check on the sweet potato crop to ensure that the vines are producing healthy tubers to provide Porridge and Rice pupils with Vitamin A in the Feeding and Nutrition programme.


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Volunteers Vish, Taylor, Kuljit, and Leonie, visit a shamba (Swahila word for field) in Githogoro, a Nairobi slum, where sweet potato is being grown for feeding to the children of Porridge and Rice partner schools.


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The late John Obonyo, Kenyan representative of Porridge and Rice, and Taylor, a UK volunteer, visit the charity's flock of chickens at Compassion school in Githogoro, an area of the Nairobi slums. The charity keeps chickens to produce eggs and meat both for sale and the feeding programme.


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Chickens are part of the Sustainability and Accountability programme, where projects are initiated to generate funds in Kenya, funds that are to be used to support schools in the Nairobi slums. In addition, the charity trains members of the community in keeping poultry to help them generate income in an area where unemployment is high and poverty rampant.


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Evanson, head of Compassion school in Githogoro, a slum within Nairobu, and UK volunteers Taylor, Vish, Kuljit, Ned, Leonie, and Luan, are shown the first pig purchased by Porridge and Rice as part of the Sustainability and Accountability programme.


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The charity's first pig produces its first litter of piglets on the shamba (the KiSwahili word for field) in Githogoro. They charity already has five breeding sows and a boar which will be used to raise funds and train locals in keeping pigs for income.


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Because pigs can be very profitable in the Nairobi area, Porridge and Rice has introduced a herd as part of the Sustainability and Accountability programme. The first herd is kept on a shamba near Compassion school because the programme is lead by Evanson, head of the school, in Githogoro, a slum within the Nairobi area.


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UK volunteers, Vish and Emma, join deputy head teacher Grace of Lizpal in Ngando in the Nairobi slums, when water is delivered to the school. The people of the slums are forced to buy water of unknown origin from vendors in jerry cans at at least four times the price of water provided by the city.


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Emma, a nurse volunteer from the UK, teaches the children of Lizpal in Ngando, a slum within Nairobi, a song that reminds them of the importance of hand washing, a message that is an important part of the WASH element of the Health and Hygiene programme. Porridge and Rice is fully committed to implementing full WASH programmes at each of the partner schools it supports.


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The children of Lizpal school in Ngando within the Nairobi slums, wash their hands at one of the school's wash stations with clean water and medicated soap provided by Porridge and Rice as part of the Health and Hygiene programme. Emma, a UK volunteer and qualified nurse, oversees the hand washing to ensure that it is done properly.


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Water from hand washing is collected for use to wash floors and water plants around Lizpal school in Ngando, a slum area within Nairobi area. Children are taught to make hand washing a habit after visiting the toilets, or before meals.


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The charity provides clean water for drinking, hand washing, and cleaning to all Porridge and Rice partner schools in the Nairobi slums. The charity also provides bleach for the weekly washing of all facilities including the toilets, to break the transmission of disease causing pathogens as part of the Health and Hygiene programme.


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Soap is provided so that pupils can wash their hands properly. All Porridge and Rice schools have hand washing stations strategically placed so children pass them each time they go to the toilet, or when they queue for lunch.


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The pupils at Excel school in Ngando, a slum area within Nairobi, wash their hands before queuing for lunch. The charity proactively promotes good hygiene to reduce the chance of illness which often keeps the children out of school, sometimes doing long term damage to their health.


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Grace, deputy head of Lizpal in Ngando in the Nairobi slums, outside the newly constructed toilets to ensure that pupils and staff have easy access to clean, hygienic facilities as part of the WASH implementation which is a key part of the charity's Health and Hygiene programme.


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Children wash their faces each week as part of the Health and Hygiene programme. Many of the children regularly visit rural areas where Trachoma is endemic and face washing can reduce the occurence of this crippling disease significantly.


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Face washing takes place regularly at all Porridge and Rice schools to reduce the risk of Trachoma and other diseases by disrupting the transmission of pathogens. If untreated, Trachoma can lead to permanent blindness.


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Porridge and Rice promotes hygiene at all schools, organising regular hand and face washing supervised by teachers. The Health and Hygiene programme aims to develop long term habits that will stand the pupils in good stead throughout their lives.


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Taylor, a volunteer from the UK, organises 'keepie-uppies' at the annual summer sports day which brings all Porridge and Rice schools together for a day of fun and games outdors in the fresh air.


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Rachel, a volunteer studying medicine, plays 'Simon says' with pupils from the Porridge and Rice schools at the interschool sports day. The day enables volunteers to engage with pupils and builds a sense of community between the schools.


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Ramy, a volunteer from the UK, waits at the head of his team on the Porridge and Rice summer sports day. Volunteers are tasked with organising interesting games to entertain the children.


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Beth, head teacher of Lizpal school in Ngando, an area within the Nairobi slums, leads her team in the worm race at the interschool sports day organised by Porridge and Rice volunteers each summer.


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Vish, a UK volunteer and university student, leads a team of pupils in the worm race at the interschool sports event for a day of fun and games. The event builds commmunity spirit in the community of Porridge and Rice partner schools.


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Pupils are organised into teams for a day of races and games like 'Simon says' to wheelbarrow races. Teachers, pupils, and volunteers all participate in the day of activities which brings Porridge and Rice partner schools together in a cordial atmosphere.


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Piggy-back races are extremely popular among pupils of all ages at the Porridge and Rice interschools sports day leading to lots of laughter and fun. The charity works to provide pupils with access to sports and exercise through its Extracurricular Programme.


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Luan, a volunteer from the UK, explains the rules of the event to his team on the summer sports day attended by all Porridge and Rice pupils and staff from five schools in the Nairobi slums.


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Pupils are lined up ready for flat races by Helen, a university graduate and volunteer from the UK, at the summer sports day which is part of the Extracurricular programme that seeks to provide the children of the slums with access to activities many of these children rarely if ever experience.


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Teacher Titus, head teacher of Excel school in Ngando within the Nairobi slums, labels tennis balls donated to the school. The charity provides schools with sports equipment from donors as part of the Extracurricular programme.


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Pupils at Excel school in Ngando, an area within the Nairobi slums, enjoy the tennis balls donated to the school. The charity is grateful to its generous donors without whom it would not be able to achieve half of what it has achieved.


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There is great excitment among the pupils at Heri Junior in Mithonge in the Nairobi slums, who play with the first tennis balls that the school has ever owned. Jude, a volunteer from the UK, and Teacher Ruth, head of the school, share the moment.


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Teacher Grace, deputy head of Lizpal school in Ngando, a Nairobi slum area, holds footballs donated by supporters in the UK to assist with the implementation of the Extracurricular programme by Porridge and Rice.


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Teacher Beth, head teacher of Lizpal school in Ngando in the Nairobi slums, throws a football, donated by UK supporters, for pupils at the school.


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Staff and pupils from Lizpal school in Ngando within the slums of Nairobi, arrive to collect newly made desks, supplied by Porridge and Rice as part of the Facilities and Furnishings programme.


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Beth, head of Lizpal school, and Grace, deputy head of Lizpal school, in Ngando a Nairobi slum, lead pupils back to school with the newly acquired desks for class 7 and class 8.


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Ten new desks arrive at Lizpal school in Ngando, an area of the Nairobi slums, ready for use by class 7 and class 8. The desks were made to order for each school by a carpenter who lives in the slums.


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Teachers and pupils carry new desks into classrooms at Lizpal school, in Ngando a Nairobi slum, desks that have been recently purchased by Porridge and Rice as part of the Factilities and Furnishings programme.


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Pupils in class 7 of Lizpal school in Ngando, an area of the Nairobi slums, enjoy sitting on new desks bought by Porridge and Rice, at the beginning of the lesson.


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UK volunteers Leonie, Vish, and Helen, supported by local resident Dande, prepare to paint Lizpal school in Ngando within the Nairobi slums, creating an environment conducive to learning for the pupils that attend each day. Volunteers help the charity achieve it goals when they give their time.


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Taylor and Leonie, volunteers from the UK, paint the doors of Lizpal school in Ngando, a slum within Nairobi, a light blue, brightening up the school making it look bright and fresh. Porridge and Rice volunteers do real jobs for schools in the Nairobi slums.


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Helen, a UK volunteer studying accounting at university, helps to repaint the walls of Lizpal school in Ngando, a area within the Nairobi slums, creating a positive environment for learning, as part of the Facilities and Furniture programme.


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Dande, a local artist, and Luan, a volunteer and classics graduate from the UK, are part of the team repainting Lizpal school to smarten the environment for puplis and teachers alike.


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Ken (a volunteer from the UK), Grace (the deputy head of Lizpal school), Emma (a volunteer and paediatric nurse), and Mary (the deputy head of Excel school), investigate suppliers of Nyayo beans. Buying food for the Feeding and Nutrition programme requires careful planning and a lot of effort checking prices and food quality at Kawangware market.


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Brigitte and Ken, UK volunteers, join Grace, deputy head teacher of Lizpal in Ngando, a slum within Nairobi, to investigate the stalls at Kawangware Market in Dagoretti, pricing food for the Feeding and Nutrition programme.


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Mary, deputy head of Excel school, and Ken look at the quality of fruit on sale at Kawangware Market, an area within the Nairobi slums where small holders come to sell the fruit and vegetables that they grow. Children are provided with fruit with their meals to provide an interesting and nutritional diet.


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While matters are improving, there is still a long way to go to end FGM. As part of the Gender and Rights programme, each school holds a day of lessons and festivities to tackle the myths that keep FGM alive and to explain why an end to the practice, is good for everyone.


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The children of Excel Emmanuel sing a mixture of fun and traditional songs led by their teacher to welcome visitors at their school. Porridge and Rice partner schools welcome visitors who wish to understand the work they are doing to education some of the poorest children in the world.


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Teachers Andrew (Excel school), Mary (deputy head of Excel school), Titus (head of Excel school), and Grenah (Excel school), look at books donated by Books Abroad to start a library at the school.


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The children of Excel school in Ngando, a slum area within Nairobi, read books donated by Books Abroad, the first time the school has owned enough books for whole classes to be able to read at the same time.


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UK volunteers, Emma and Kelsey, sit down for tea and fruit with members of the Kenyan leadership team, Grace (deputy head of Lizpal school), Beth (head of Lizpal school), Evanson (head of Compassion school), Haggai (deputy head of Heri Junior school), Titus (head of Excel school), Mary (deputy head of Excel school), Ruth (head of Heri Junior school), at Lizpal school in Ngando, an area within the Nairobi slums.


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Emma, a volunteer from the UK, cuts the seal on the container of furniture, educational items, and general goods donated by Fonthill Foundation to the five Porridge and Rice partner schools in Ngando, Mithonge, Kawangware, and Githogoro, slum areas within Nairobi.


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The container donated by Fonthill Foundation has been emptied and Rispah, head teacher of Forresters school in Kawangware, in the Nairobi slums, Kelsey, a nursing student completing her elective with Porridge and Rice in Kenya, and Haggai, deputy head of Heri Junior school in Mithonge, in the Nairobi slums, take a break.


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Mary and Titus, deputy head and head of Excel school respectively, watch as UK volunteers Dhruv, Rachel, and Ned hand out backpacks donated to Porridge and Rice for distribution in the schools in the Nairobi slums.


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