Introducing the Kenya Food and Nutrition Team

By Paul Odongo

At Feed the Children, we couldn’t do our work without the support of individuals, corporations and organizations—people like you. Your gifts help us attract and hire top-notch staff who implement our programs here and around the world—who help create a world where no child goes to bed hungry.

Today we’d like you to meet the Food & Nutrition Team in Kenya.

Many people mistakenly think Food & Nutrition consists simply of providing meals to hungry kids. We do work with feeding programs in communities and schools throughout Central America, Africa and the Philippines. But the food is only a fraction of what we do. Kenya’s Food & Nutrition Team also works to train and empower parents and communities through the Care Group program.

Their work starts before a child is even born, and continues through the child’s first thousand days of life. Studies have consistently shown that these few years can be the most important period in a child’s life. What happens in those early years helps ensure whether they will grow into healthy and well-nourished children.

Through the Care Group Model, we help educate entire communities on good hygiene, nutrition, sanitation and health. We employ seven Care Group Promoters, who are each responsible for four Care Groups. These groups typically consist of ten to twelve Lead Mothers, who are volunteers and the real lifeblood of what we do.

Each Lead Mother reaches out to ten to fifteen neighbor women who are pregnant, lactating, or have a child under five years of age. These Lead Mothers meet frequently in their Care Groups to learn key messages about nutrition and caregiving, which they pass on to their communities.

DSC_0145It’s mothers training mothers, and it works.

“We began teaching this year, and the community is already energized and taking action towards some of the issues in their communities,” says Anthony Muburi, a Care Group Promoter. This teaching includes how to access nutrient-rich foods and appropriate nutrition for infants and young children. The groups also help mothers access deworming medication for children, to prevent parasites. All activities focus on reducing stunting, which can result in permanent, irreversible negative health, developmental, and well-being outcomes for the remainder of children’s lives.

“When we started the program, there was some skepticism,” says Dennis Kaunda, a supervisor. “We had to take some time to sensitize the Ministry of Health officials on this model and how we would implement it.”

Along with the Care Groups, Food & Nutrition takes a big-picture approach, working with government to advocate for policies and budgets that encourage good nutrition and foster child development. We have been pivotal in nutrition advocacy in Kajiado County, which led to the launch of the County Nutrition Action Plan in June this year. This is one our most visible achievements, and the first of its kind in Kenya. We are helping get county government and other partners involved in the fight against hunger. The action plan will provide framework and coordination for a variety of interventions, activities and programs by county government, stakeholders and partners.

We salute the Food & Nutrition team in Kenya: Clementina Ngina, the Pillar Manager; Dennis Kaunda and Japheth Kaeke, supervisors on the ground; Anthony Muburi, Deborah Nekesa, Kevin Wanyonyi, Jackline Jerotich, Mercy Nyangaresi, Gladys Gathua and Everline Ahidi, our Care Group Promoters; and Esther Komen, a Program Officer that represents the team in Kajiado.

Will you stand with these dedicated individuals? Learn more about our work in Kenya here.

 

Fighting Back Against Malnutrition in El Salvador

Many of us throw our used cardboard, glass and cans into a recycling bin without giving it a second thought.

Imagine relying on these recyclables for income so you can eat.

That’s been the situation for Sebastian, a seven-year-old living in a village about forty-five miles outside the capital of El Salvador. In communities like his, levels of malnutrition can reach almost 50%, and almost two-thirds of the population lives in extreme poverty. 

sebastian_el-salvador_2Many of the people in Sebastian’s village make a living any way they can: day labor, construction work, and other temporary jobs. Some of the work is seasonal; women may clean houses in the city, then work in coffee fields during harvesting season. Steady jobs are extremely rare. Sebastian’s own mother works in the capital Monday through Friday, visiting Sebastian and his older sister on weekends. Sebastian has a guardian who looks after him during the week: “The mother works very hard to get some money to cover the basic needs for these children,” she says. “I know how hard is to be a single mother, so I help her take care of her children.” Sebastian’s mother earns about $100 per month, which only covers the absolute basics.

“I miss my mother a lot,” Sebastian says, “but I know she loves me, because she works very hard for me—for love.”

Sebastian’s house is tiny, made from bamboo and pieces of wood, with sheets for doors. Though small, the house is crammed full with clothes and items the family has collected over the years that they sell along with recyclables for a little extra money. Meals consist of beans and tortillas, plus vegetables, rice, and eggs when things are going well. Sebastian and his sister are fortunate—they eat three meals a day—but the food lacks the essential nutrients for growing children.

And good nutrition is important to Sebastian. Like many boys his age, he loves football games with his friends and playing with his dog “Dogui.” But he’s also up at 5 a.m. every morning to haul water from the well, among other chores. He tells us he wants to be a firefighter so he can help families in need. Even at his young age, he knows how important a healthy diet is for a healthy body, so his dreams can become reality.

Feed the Children has been partnering with the mothers of Sebastian’s village since 2014, cooking and serving nutritious meals each weekday through the Feeding Center. About a hundred children are fed each day in a fully equipped kitchen with tables and benches. Feed the Children also provides children ages six and up with medicine to eliminate intestinal parasites.

Food and medical care are important, but they’re only the beginning. We also provide training and support as the village improves its livelihoods. We’ve offered courses in greenhouse fertilizer and how to create a tilapia hatchery so the community can increase its income and make the tough climb out of poverty.

“I feel blessed because you are a big help for my mother,” Sebastian tells us. We can continue to help Sebastian, and even more children like him, through your continued support. Donating is easy and makes a huge impact. Join our work today.

 

College-Bound and Full of Hope

Meet Triyzia, a seventeen-year-old who lives in Cebu City, the capital of the Philippines. She likes a lot of the same things many teenage girls do: hanging out with friends, watching TV, and “chilling.” Her days are spent in school, with homework afterward and chores around the house. She would love to see the world, and wants to get a job as an engineer someday. She’s done well in school, even taking advanced science classes.

08-2016-ph0045-7_triyzia_philippinesCollege costs are a concern for a lot of people—but for Triyzia and other people experiencing poverty, the worry is especially great. Triyzia lives with her mother and two siblings in a communal house with other relatives. Her father died more than a decade ago. Her mother has been raising the kids on her own ever since, without much support from Triyzia’s father’s family. Triyzia’s family doesn’t have its own electricity; instead the family shares it with a neighbor in exchange for paying part of the bill. Water comes from a shared communal tap. It’s crowded and noisy in the neighborhood.

Triyzia’s mother works for a community health center nearby. Sometimes the paycheck is late in coming, so they have to borrow money. Her job may also be in jeopardy because there’s been a change of leadership in the city government, and she supported the opponent of the new mayor. The family’s future is currently hanging in the balance. 

Triyzia’s older brother is trying to pass the entrance examination for one of the shipping companies in the Philippines to help with expenses. In the meantime, things are tight, and about to get tighter: it’s not just Triyzia who’s hoping to go to college next year, but also her twin sister.

Thankfully, the family isn’t alone in the struggle. Triyzia is a Feed the Children scholar, which means she receives needed supplies and support. Everything from school supplies to uniforms and backpacks to shoes is provided, so students can focus on what matters: their schoolwork and their future.

Having these items taken care of has eased a huge burden for Triyzia’s family. “Feed the Children has done a lot to help my family,” her mother says. “For me, they have helped my children so much with their studies and especially to me as a single mother. The school supplies that they give to their scholars every school year and the uniforms that they provide are great help to my daughters’ studies.”

We see ourselves as partners with Triyzia, her family, and countless other scholars and families in the Philippines as well as in the other countries we serve. Together, we can build bodies, minds and futures for children everywhere. Join the partnership! Learn more about our international work in education and see how you can get involved

Top image is Triyzia (right) with her sister and mother.

Sanitation in Africa, Progress and Challenges.

Toilets are an important and essential part of our everyday lives, whether at home, at work or traveling. While access to toilets may seem like an obvious concept to many, especially for those who live in the global north, this is not so obvious in many communities in the global south, especially those in rural settings as well as those who live in urban slums and informal settlements.

There are people who go about their daily lives without access to toilets and who must compromise their dignity and privacy when nature calls. In some areas like the Kibera slums in Nairobi, most of the residents use ‘flying toilets’ – a plastic bag used to collect human feces since they do not have access to toilets. The filled and tied plastic bag is then discarded by throwing it far away or in a ditch or by the roadside.

Some communities in rural areas defecate in the open–they must go out in the bushes or hidden fields to relieve themselves. The practice is mostly rampant in poor communities that do not prioritize toilets.

At Feed the Children, we know that a lack of toilets leads to myriad serious sanitation problems. We understand exposure to fecal matter can lead to a long list of diseases and can cause infection; it also provides a breeding ground for parasites which affect many populations. We also understand that besides reducing infections, the sanitary importance of toilets offers an increased sense of dignity.

That is why we work to ensure children live in healthy environments. We do this by working closely with key partners to keep children free of disease through life-saving sanitation programs.

In Africa, we promote appropriate hygiene practices and health-seeking behavior among communities where we work. We do this in two ways; through the Care Group Model and Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).

The Care Group model is designed to teach household-level behaviors to prevent maternal and child malnutrition and death. Feed the Children has used this model successfully in the Kibera slums.

While the Care Group Model works well in urban slums, the CLTS approach has worked well in our rural populations. CLTS focusses on ending open defecation as a first significant step and entry point to changing behavior.

Both CLTS and Care Group Model concentrate on the whole community rather than on individual behavior. They focus on igniting a change in health and sanitation behavior through social awakening that is stimulated by individuals from within the community.

Through these approaches, communities are able to adopt a range of behaviors such as stopping open defecation; ensuring that everyone uses a hygienic toilet; washing hands with soap at different critical times; and creation of household handwashing facilities among other key essential hygiene actions.

In Kibera slums, Feed the Children uses the Care Group model to promote essential hygiene actions with an aim to create individual and community behavior change in health, nutrition and hygiene.

For the past year, Feed the Children has taught communities in Kibera about safe disposal of feces, so that it does not contaminate the environment, food, or water. The three slum villages where Feed the Children has been working have been able to locate sanitation facilities, they have taught their neighbors about the importance of safe feces disposal to protect their own health.

Achieving Open Defecation Free Environments

In Malawi, our hygiene and sanitation programs using CLTS have witnessed significant changes that have been recognized by the government. We have been using CLTS as a first step and entry point to changing behavior.

We start by enabling people to do their own sanitation profile through appraisal, observation and analysis of their practices of open defecation and the effects they have. This often kindles a desire to stop open defecation and clean up their neighborhood.

Since 2010, the government of Malawi with funding from the Global Sanitation Fund has been implementing hygiene and sanitation interventions across the country with the purpose of making Malawi an Open Defecation Free (ODF) zone.

In December 2015, Feed the Children in Malawi through its work under the Global Sanitation Fund ushered the country’s third Traditional Authority into an Open Defecation Free status. Since 2010, Traditional Authority Chapinduka was the third to be declared ODF in the country. The success was credited to the work that Feed the Children and the District Council were doing in the area.

Apart from this community, Feed the Children has worked with several schools in the northern region, Rumphi district to ensure that they have sufficient toilets to cater for the huge student population. One of the school that Feed the Children successfully trained on CLTS is Chivungululu Primary school that had their toilets constructed by community members.

For more than five years, our office in Malawi has reached out to more than 82,038 community members with CLTS messages, we have seen 190 villages living in ODF zones and most importantly, and we have seen behavior change where community members take collective responsibility to ensure that each homestead has their own toilet that is properly constructed, covered and has a handwashing facility.

In the coming months, Feed the Children, Africa region will continue using CLTS in rural communities to end open defecation. We have and will continue working in partnership with other non-governmental organizations, corporates and the government to empower children and their communities to achieve self-sufficiency.

Feeding Bodies, Minds and Futures… in the Philippines

It’s August, and families here in the United States are preparing for children to go back to school. Parents across the country will spend August wandering store aisles while clutching school supply lists, or pawing through the bin of kids’ sneakers looking for the right size, or maybe ordering school uniforms online. And while we may grumble about the prices, many of us will be able to provide these items for our children without too much difficulty.

But imagine what it’s like not to be able to purchase the items kids need to be successful in school. That’s the reality for too many families, not only here, but around the world.

Meet Veronica and Ana, two teenagers who live in a large city in the Philippines. Both live in a poor area, with too much crime, drug use and violence. But both have stable homes and families, and their parents work hard to make ends meet. Veronica’s parents wake up early each and every day to cook food and package it for sale in their neighborhood. Ana’s father also works in the food industry, as a fish vendor. He doesn’t have much income left over after paying their bills, not to mention debts they owe to neighbors who loaned them money for their kids’ educational expenses.

Neither of these families has the luxury of extra income for school supplies. Veronica helps her parents with the food sales, but the allowance she receives never goes for fun things a sixteen-year-old might enjoy. Instead she spends the money—when she has some—on basic necessities for school.

Veronica and Ana are both outstanding students who deserve to have their dreams nurtured. Veronica doesn’t have a lot of books herself, but devours the ones she can access for free online. She hopes to take up business management if given the chance to go to college. She dreams of buying a restaurant for her parents to help their food preparation business thrive.

For her part, Ana is deemed “a brilliant child” by those who know her. As an honor student, she has received numerous awards and medals through her academic work. She likes art and music and enjoys writing poems.

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Both of these young women deserve a good education, free from worry. That’s why Feed the Children helps provide nutritious meals, supplies, backpacks, shoes, and educational workshops to Veronica and Ana and so many young people just like them.

Before, Veronica and Ana’s parents could never get ahead in terms of saving income—every penny went to the basics. Now, with assistance from Feed the Children, and made possible through countless partners and donors, they can start to get ahead. Both of these girls will be looking at college soon.

“Feed the Children has been helpful to us,” says Veronica. “Because of them I am more motivated in going to school, and I am more focused on my studies in order to maintain my scholarship.”

“Feed the Children has done so much to help me,” Ana agrees. “I am so thankful that there is Feed the Children! Because of the support that I have gotten, I have learned to value my studies even more than before, and to work harder and to be even better in my studies.”

This work is only possible because of support from people like you. Help children build bodies, minds and futures. Learn more about our educational initiatives and give what you can today.

 

Helping Babies Thrive

At Feed the Children, we know that parents, particularly mothers, are the critical link to helping kids be healthy and well nourished, especially in the early months and years of life.

That’s why this week, Feed the Children’s office in Kenya joins the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Dietetic Unit and other partners to mark World Breastfeeding Week.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually from August 1 to 7 to promote exclusive breastfeeding for newborns during the first six months of life. Experts say that exclusive breastfeeding yields tremendous health benefits, providing critical nutrients to children, helping protect from disease, and fostering growth and development.

“Breastfeeding is the single most important indicator for reducing the child mortality rate up to 80%,” says Clementina Ngina, Feed the Children’s Food & Nutrition Pillar Manager. “It is also one of the five indicators set during the World Health Assembly which countries likes ours are working hard to improve. Feed the Children is promoting exclusive breastfeeding as part of this effort.”

Feed the Children has long been involved in advocating breastfeeding of newborns and infants. Through our Care Group model, our staff is able to train a large number of volunteers who then work within communities to promote healthy nutrition for children, including breastfeeding.

Food stuffs classified according to their nutritional groups during the launch of Feed the Children International’s new logo in Lilongwe March 26, 2015. PHOTO FEED THE CHILDREN/AMOS GUMULIRA
Food classified according to their nutritional groups.

Our work is based on studies showing how critical the first 1000 days of a child’s life can be. We know that giving attention to a child’s health and nutritional needs during that period will help create a lasting impact in their lives. Our Care Group volunteers teach best practices to new mothers and expectant women to help them raise healthy and well-nourished children.

Through these Care Group forums, Feed the Children emphasizes the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Mothers and mothers-to-be are taught that breastmilk has the right proportion of nutrients to help babies develop well.

To commemorate World Breastfeeding Week, Feed the Children Kenya has worked with the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Dietetic Unit in partnership with members of the Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) technical working group. Feed the Children is a member of this working group.

During this week’s event, two educational materials are being launched, the National MIYCN counseling cards and the Baby-Friendly Community Initiative. Feed the Children actively participated in the development of both of these documents, and they will be a vital tool as our Care Groups continue to create a world in which babies can not just survive, but thrive.

Day of the African Child 2016 – Protecting all children’s rights

June 16 marks Day of the African Child (DAC). A day to recall the 1976 uprisings in Soweto, when a protest by black school children in South Africa took to the streets.

The children protested the inferior quality of their education and demanded their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young boys and girls were shot down by security forces. 

To honor the memory of those killed, and the courage of all those who marched, DAC presents an opportunity to focus on the work of those committed to the rights of children on the continent, to consolidate their efforts in addressing the obstacles for realizing these rights.

DSC_0283The theme for this year’s DAC is “Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all Children’s Rights.” This theme honors the efforts to elevate child protection in conflict areas in Africa as well as the protection and preservation of life and well-being of African children.

 

Children for Life (C4L)

To further celebrate DAC, more than 1,000 children came together for a graduation ceremony at a primary school in Nairobi. The children, drawn from 30 schools located in the urban slums of Nairobi, have been trained on life skills as a critical response to the challenges facing young people today.

Each of the 30 schools recruits 20 – 50 students between the ages of 10 – 14 years old. They form a C4L club with two teachers who guide them during meetings.

Feed the Children holds hourly training sessions with these pupils twice in a month.  The club members, after undergoing the life skills sessions, become peer educators and disseminate the same messages to their peers. The children are helped to be assertive, good communicators and generally build strong characters that can say no to the vices that affect their access to education. These activities are meant to address the challenges of early marriages, early pregnancies, sexual violations, drugs and substance abuse amongst others.

All the pupils are then encouraged to use and share the same information with their neighbor children and practice what they have learned at home, at school and in their surrounding communities.ClDwcViVYAIb4Pu

Some of the topics taught include: Healthy behaviors, body changes, common illness and mapping health services, HIV & AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, stigma and discrimination, care and support, understanding mixed messages and peer pressure, planning for your future, career, refusing drugs & alcohol, etc.

Since the inception of C4L, our team has seen an increase in knowledge among the peer educators, improved decision making and behavior change.

An Insiders Outside Perspective

Blink… Blink… Blink…

It’s 4:49 am and I am not a zombie.

I’m at the Oklahoma City airport on the way to my first out-of-state food distribution. The proud team member in me wants to tell everyone “FEED ALL THE BABIES!”, but I think that before 10 am people shouldn’t talk – they should just hug, because waking up is really hard. But I’m ready!5-2016-CDR3743-Starkist Pittsburgh Trip-Photos and Video-GT and DB (619)

We land in Pittsburgh and the people are so nice. SO nice. Everyone, and I mean everyone, in the entire city is wearing black and gold.

Once we arrive to the event site, the other half of our team is already there taking care of business. And it’s impressive. We debrief, walk through the order of events and then it’s off to run more errands.

When we arrive at our hotel, it’s back to work:

I’m so captivated by our team. They have food distribution down to a science. Every possible weather, safety, disposal need and potential crisis is covered.

Chief arrives, J.C. Watts Jr., and we have his ear. Another opportunity to be captivated by our team and our leader. They all speak passionately, openly and honestly about hunger in America. As a millennial, this speaks to me. I don’t support brands because of what they do – I support because of their why. Why is everything. And in that moment, as if I didn’t already know, they had just reaffirmed how lit Feed the Children is.

Blink… Blink… Blink…

As I finally fall into our hotel bed, stuffed from dinner, it starts to sink in. In a few hours, we will wake, eat breakfast, drive to the site, maybe eat another muffin or bagel, drink some coffee and then begin to serve. We’d begin to feed families that might not have eaten at all the day before when I had already eaten twice that morning.

Surreal.

Although I wasn’t receiving a 25 pound box of food, 10 pound box of essentials or an Avon dignity box, I couldn’t contain my excitement as a semi-truck full of life pulled onto the scene. It’s almost majestic. Like seeing the ice cream truck pull into your neighborhood, but 10 times better. Odell’s smile and wave could be seen from the semi-truck cab a block away. He whipped that giant into place like it was a Tonka truck.

 

The volunteers began to arrive and an ocean of tie-dye t-shirts became visible. Our partner for this event, StarKist, was a dream to work with. They were eager to serve and love on families as if they were their own. #SquadGoals.

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Families began to pour in. Toddlers danced with Charlie the Tuna while their parents visited the community resource area. Volunteers passed out recipe cards so that families could learn how to make meals with their new StarKist products. Feed the Children and StarKist CEO’s J.C Watts Jr. and Andrew Choe rolled up their sleeves and distributed boxes too! Hugs were given. Tears were shed. More dancing ensued.

Blink… Blink… Blink…

We just fed 400 families. WE JUST FED 400 FAMILIES!

It’s humbling to look at how small of a role we play in the fight against hunger. Physically small compared to a truckload of food, and relatively small compared to the dream team it takes to pull off an event. Our boxes are crafted, packed, shipped and distributed by multiple teams across multiple states, all because we dream of a world where no child goes to bed hungry.

“If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.” – Buzz Aldren

I challenge you to take on an active role in the fight to end childhood hunger. Learn how to become a Champion for Children here: http://www.feedthechildren.org/peer-to-peer/

Education for a Better Life in Nicaragua

Here in the United States, children everywhere are getting ready for the end of school and the upcoming summer vacation. In Nicaragua, however, the school year runs from February to November, which means school is in full swing. And Feed the Children is there to support and encourage these young people and help ensure their success.

Eleven-year-old Aslin is one of these students. She lives in a rural community with just a hundred other families. The village is so remote it’s only accessible by a bus that runs once a day. Most people walk where they need to go.

There’s very little economic opportunity in Aslin’s community. As a result, some one in five adults immigrate to other countries, such as Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, and as far away as Spain, looking for work. Aslin lives with her maternal grandparents while her parents earn money in Costa Rica that they send home to support her. Aslin’s mother works in housekeeping and her father works in maintenance. Since moving to Costa Rica, they have since had another daughter, which means Aslin is separated from a sister as well as her parents. “I feel sad because my parents are not with me,” Aslin says.

It’s a hard situation. Aslin misses her mom and dad. Her grandparents do the best they can, but there’s very little money. Her grandfather works in agriculture for meager wages. Aslin’s house is humble; it is made of adobe and pieces of corrugated steel sheets, with a tiled roof and dirt floor. They are fortunate to have electricity and potable water in the house.

The family’s diet is humble. Breakfast may consist of tortillas, beans, coffee, and eggs (if available). Lunch is rice, beans, cheese or eggs, and on rare occasions, chicken with tortilla. Dinner may be fried rice and beans (called gallopinto) with tortilla, cheese, and coffee. Sometimes the family just has beans with tortillas and cheese.

*12-2015 NI0015- AslinAslin is a sweet and happy girl. She helps at home by cleaning the house, washing the dishes, cooking, and watering the plants. When she was little, she suffered several common illnesses. But today she is very healthy, thanks in part to the support she’s received through Feed the Children’s the child sponsorship program. For the past several years, she’s received nourishing meals, a bookbag brimming with school supplies, and TOMS shoes twice a year through their giveaway program. She even receives a beloved toy every Christmas.

Aslin’s grandmother is grateful: “Feed the Children has provided so much to my granddaughter. She receives food that we lack sometimes. The school supplies are a great help, too—not just for her, but for everyone in the community who go through a tough situation.”

Aslin’s favorite subject is natural science. She would like to be a medical doctor when she grows up so she can help others children.

This is how the cycle of poverty is broken—through supporting children so they can grow into productive adults. With a little help and a little luck, Aslin can see her dreams become a reality.

You can be a hero to a child and his or her community. Make a difference through child sponsorship today.

A special thanks to Abdiel Navarrete for providing the content for today’s story.

Working Together Behind the Scenes: Meet the Malawi Warehouse Team

Feed the Children in Malawi is widely known for its feeding programs that take place across the country in more 840 community-based care centers and orphanages, as well as pediatric wards in targeted clinics.

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Every month, with support from Nu Skin–a longtime partner of Feed the Children–the organization receives a donation of at least 83,000 packets (2kg) of VitaMeal porridge to distribute to children in various communities across Malawi. In addition, Feed the Children also receives packets of water purifier each month, and pairs of TOMs shoes every six months.

These vital supplies need to be distributed to a variety of sites, which is where the warehouse team comes in.

These dedicated individuals are responsible for storing the supplies at the Feed the Children office in Malawi, then packing and loading them for delivery throughout the central and northern regions of the country. The five-member team consists of four men who are responsible for loading, and a woman who serves as warehouse supervisor and team leader.

The team works tirelessly to make sure they beat their monthly targets, thus ensuring that the needs of the children are met time and again.

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Edith Kafuwa, the warehouse supervisor, joined Feed the Children in 2009. She was there for the initial set up of the warehouse at Feed the Children in Malawi. Kafuwa is passionate about her work and is inspired by the fact that what she does has a bearing on the wellbeing of more than 80,000 children.

“Every single working day I wake up at home and travel for about 35 kilometers to get to my work place,” she says. “[I do it] for the single reason of contributing towards creating a world where no child goes to bed hungry.”

When asked what it was like to work as the only female in a group of men, Kafuwa says she has learned to build a good working relationship with her team. She says teamwork is the key–when everyone is clear about their roles, they’re able to deliver results.

We’re thankful Kafuwa and the rest of her team work so diligently each and every day to make sure children have the food and nutrition they need. It takes all of us working together to lend a hand to people without life’s essentials. To give the gift of VitaMeal, check out our gift catalog.