RWANDA School canteen at Gituza

I bambini della scuola elementare e materna a Gituza in Rwanda dove stiamo realizzando la mensa scolastica

The project was started in 2017, when we accepted the request of the parish priest of Gituza to contribute to the creation of a school canteen for 120 nursery and primary school pupils.
Malnourished children, orphans or from poor families.
It provides for a gradual involvement of the population, in order to bring the canteen to self-sufficiency, through  the cultivation of vegetables, and the breeding of animals by the work of the local people.
In the first year of support, we made available the amount needed to pay the salary of two cooks and to buy the food for the 39 weeks of school.
The local population has provided  food and wood for cooking and the parish has provided half a hectare of land for growing vegetables.
Over the following years, we realized the extreme problematic of making the project self-sufficient: in the area there is widespread poverty and families have small plots of land that are not enough to produce what is necessary for survival.
The 120 children who received  the meal , were literally assaulted by at least as many children who did not have the opportunity to feed themselves.
The parish priest don Patrick asked us if it was possible to get 200 meals a day.
The distribution  began in January 2019 thanks to the contribution of many of our benefactors. 
During 2019 we realized that even 200 meals are not enough, the school has over 500 students, many of whom are in a state of malnutrition.
To meet this need, we are considering the construction of a farm with 6 dairy cows, 300 laying hens and a land on which to grow vegetables.
From the beginning of 2022 the school canteen has been feeding three hundred children. Come Noi is trying to to help the canteen to support itself by developing agricultural activities.
The cow farm produces about 15 liters of milk a day, mainly used by the children: what is left is sold, and sale revenues are used to the shepherd’s wages, to buy medicines for the cows and to pay the veterinarian’s fee.
The chicken coop produces an average of 150 eggs per day. The children eat eggs twice a week and the others are sold, obtaining salaries for the workers and the necessary for buying proteins to be added to the hens’ feed.
The banana grove provides excellent production. All the harvest is used in the school canteen.
The families of the children grow corn and give a part of it to the school canteen as a contribution.
The electric mill, financed by Come Noi last year, has been working not only to grind corn for the school canteen, but also for the people of the village, thus providing some money to pay salaries and,eventually, for repairing the mill when needed. The waste from the maize grind is used as food for cows and laying hens.

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