The Porridge Club

The Porridge Club raises funds for 2 areas: Mrs Mweete’s Porridge Club and the Sisters of Mercy Nutrition Programme.

The Porridge Club runs at Luyobolola Community Primary School in Mazabuka. Over 700 children attend the school for free each day and are provided with a bowl of nutritionally balanced porridge during one of the breaks between lessons. For many of these children, the meal provided through the Porridge Club may be the only meal they have that day. Some families can only afford to feed one of their children each day, so the others may go hungry for two or more days. The porridge provided at school not only gives the children vital nutrients, but has also improved attendance at school and increased children’s ability to concentrate and learn, meaning they are able to get the most from their education.

The Sisters of Mercy Nutrition Programme operates in the wider community. Issues such as long-term illness and a lack of jobs leave many people unable to earn a living to support themselves and their families. The Sisters of Mercy aim to identify those in need to provide basic food items, clothing, blankets and other essentials. This offers a safety net to the most vulnerable people in the community.

Child eating porridge sat on a wall

Feeding one child porridge every day for a year costs just £10.

£10 is such a small cost, but makes a huge difference to the well-being of the children at Luyobolola Primary School and to those in need in the wider community.

Group of children eating porridge

Please Help Us

Over 700 individual students need feeding on a daily basis at Luyobolola Primary School. It costs just £10 to feed one student for a year, but that means we need to raise at least £7000 to ensure all the students at the school are fed every day. We also need a further £2000-3000 to support those in need in Mazabuka’s local community.

Eventually, we would like to support the school to grow their own crops and help teach the children farming skills. This would enable them to become more self-sufficient, as well as equipping their students with key life skills. However, this brings its own challenges, as the school would require transport to get to their land, as well as the tools and seeds to enable them to start farming.