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Helen, a volunteer studying accounting in the UK, serves breakfast to the children of Excel School. Pupils are served mugs of Uji, an African porridge, each school morning.


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


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Vish, an A level student from the UK, serves breakfast to the children of Excel Emmanuel. The uji that is served has added Vitamin C to help pupils remain healthy and strong.


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


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Alison, a 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. 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 any nutritional deficiencies.


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The days 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 extremely 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. Porridge and Rice is now self-sufficient in sweet potato, growing sufficient for it 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.


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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, one of three major deficiencies in the region, and the stew has iodised salt to provide the children with Iodine, a second serious deficiency in sub-Saharan Africa.


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Dutch volunteers, Thomas, Nena, Lionel, and Laurens, assist Emma with serving lunch to the children of Lizpal school in Ngando. Children receive a piece of fruit with lunch. Today ndizi (bananas) are on the menu.


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Martin, a member of the Porridge and Rice team and a computer specialist, serves lunch at Excel school. 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 while combatting common local nutritional deficiencies.


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Emma, Vish, and Jude serve lunch to the pupils at Lizpal school, 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 at the school and Jake, an A level volunteer from the UK, assists.


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Lunch time at Excel School, the first Porridge and Rice school. 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) serve their pupils their lunch at Lizpal school in Ngando.


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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 flat bottom pots) and a jiko (coal cooker) for preparing food when the food and nutrition programme is launched at a Porridge and Rice school. Sufuria is a Swahili word for a flat based, deep sided, lipped and handleless cooking pot.


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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.


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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. Each time it rains, this drain floods spreading it 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, and the late John Obonyo work to clear the grounds of Excel Emmanuel of rubbish from broken bottles to plastic.


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The soil was compacted after years of being trampled underfoot. Lucy, a volunteer from the UK, took her turn with the pick axe to loosen the soil in the playground at Excel school in Ngando within the Nairobi slums.


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Dhruv and Ned wash up after a morning working hard to improve the grounds at Excel School. It is hard, dusty, and sometimes muddy work, but satisfying to be improving the lives of people who have so little financially but so much potential.


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Kuljit, a volunteer from the UK, clears a patch of soil at Lizpal school 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.


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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 hopefully stop the grounds flooding when it rains.


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Taylor and Kuljit, volunteers from the UK, clear grass from a small piece of ground 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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Taylor and Kuljit, volunteers from the UK, clear grass from a small piece of ground 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. Schools generate a lot of biodegradable matter that can be used to improve the soil and grow small patches of vegetables.


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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 takes a well-earned rest.


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Ramy and Taylor, cover up the first compost pit as it is full, and start digging a second at Lizpal school.


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Team work is the name of the game when accomplishing tasks. Volunteers line up to move stones - from the left, Luan, Vish, Taylor, Ned, Helen, and Leonie with the late John Obonyo, the local Porridge and Rice representative.


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Sorting out the stones that will form the base of the kitchen extension at Lizpal, is a team affair with volunteers, Emma, Ned, and Luan, working with pupils at the school to create a level base.


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Luan, a 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.


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Ned, a UK volunteer, turns cement for the kitchen floor, while Vish, another volunteer from the UK, expertly holds the hosepipe that provides the 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, UK volunteers, load the wheelbarrow with cement, turning and thinning it to the right consistency to spread ensure that the new kitchen floor is smooth.


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Cement must be completely smooth before it can be used for a floor. Volunteers Vish and Ned mix and stir until it is, while Ramy, another UK volunteer, helps to tidy up.


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


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The extension to the kitchen at Lizpal school begins to take shape thanks to the hard work of volunteers from the UK.


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Ned and Helen, UK volunteers, find it easier to carry a borrowed wheelbarrow than push it over the rough ground.


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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.


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Vish and Jake, volunteers from the UK, research prices for water tanks to make it possible for schools to have a ready, affordable supply of clean water.


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The frame of the Excel kitchen takes shape, in time for the launch of the feeding programme of the charity.


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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 and his son demonstrate how what most people think of as rubbish, can be used to produce interesting demonstrations of scientific principles. Teacher Titus and teacher Mary 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.


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Laurens, a volunteer from the Netherlands, teaches a group of pupils at Lizpal school in Ngando.


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Dhruv, an A level student from the UK, teaching statistics to pupils in class 8 at a Porridge and Rice school in Ngando in the Nairobi slums.


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Emma, a qualified paediatric nurse, teaches teachers the principles of nutrition such as the three primary food groups of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. The charity aims not just to improve nutrition but for pupils and the community to understand what is being done so they can implement it in their own lives.


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Jude, a software engineer, teaching pupils at Compassion school, the different types of teeth in a lesson on dental hygiene.


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In lessons on dental hygiene, children are encouraged to participate to make the learning process more interesting and to ensure that the information sticks.


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Pupils enjoy coming to the blackboard to demonstrate that they have been listening and understand what they are being told. 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, Jude, a software engineer from the UK, hands a toothbrush out to each child. The toothbrushes are provided by Operation Brush.


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Children 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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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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At the end of the dental hygiene lesson which is repeated at least once every 6 months, pupils are provided with a biodegradable toothbrush, courtesty of the US charity Operation Brush.


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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.


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Many families cannot afford to buy sanitary pads when their daughters begin to menstruate so Porridge and Rice provides all girls and female staff with sanitary pads each month.


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The girls do not always know how to use sanitary pads so a knowledge instructor teaches them how it is done.


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Porridge and Rice measures the height and weight of children every 6 months to monitor the effect of the feeding and nutrition programme.


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The height of children is compared to data provided by the UN to check whether pupils are growing as expected for their age.


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The height of children is measured every 6 months at all 5 Porridge and Rice schools.


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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.


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


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Teachers and parents help when children have their height measured. It is a busy day.


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The collection of height data is supervised by a qualified person like Emma, qualified nurse and vice-chair of the charity, Porridge and Rice.


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


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UK nurse Emma and deputy head teacher of Excel Mary review the height and weight data for the pupils of Excel School to identify any children not developing normally by applying the WHO metrics.


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Jude, software engineer from the UK, records height and weight data of children at Lizpal school.


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Emma, a volunteer nurse from the UK, reviews the data collected at Lizpal school to check that the Feeding and Nutrition programme is keeping pupils well and healthy.


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The Nairobi slums are very dusty causing children's eyes to be dirty and red on a regular basis. Agneta, a volunteer from Denmark, takes a look at a pupils eyes to see if there are problems that need closer inspection.


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Emma, a qualified paediatric nurse, inspects the eyes of pupils at Heri Junior to find any problems especially the early signs of trachoma.


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Emma, a qualified paediatric nurse, inspects children's eyes at Excel school to indentify any problems that either need treating or further investigation.


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Alison, a children's nurse from the US, inspects the eyes of pupils at Heri Junior school.


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Sharon, a volunteer from the UK, hands a laptop donated to Porridge and Rice to Ruth, head teacher of Heri Junior school.


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Ken from the UK, gives Mary, deputy head of Excel School, a laptop donated by supporters of Porridge and Rice. Titus, head of Excel school, joins the photograph.


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