In March of 2020, the Kenyan government, like governments all over the world, put a moratorium on public meetings, including those of churches. The weekly church meeting is the primary way in which we feed children in the community. However, when it became clear that we could no longer host meals, we purchased a motorbike and began delivering cereal grains to needy families. These families look forward to the weekly deliveries of food, and it is our desire to keep doing this until the weekly feeding program can resume.
In January 2020, Victoria Watoto opened a private, Christian primary school in the town of Mbita. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic quickly closed it down. We are happy to report that classes resumed in early January 2021 and our students are looking forward to a great year of learning. To find out more, visit our VWS page.
Children in Mbita Point often go days without anything to eat, and thus suffer from malnutrition and disease at the worst, and struggle with paying attention and not falling asleep in school at the very least. Since August 2019, Victoria Watoto Fund has been feeding up to 120 children one hot, nutritious meal per week. A local church provides the kitchen and the manpower. Your funds provide the meals consisting of a starch like maize, proteins like mung beans or fish, and vegetables. These products are purchased locally, and therefore invested in the local economy.
Victoria Watoto Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, desires to provide a living for people in the community and supplemental food for the nutrition program. Therefore, the next step in the program is to build greenhouses that will protect the crops from the local wildlife and will be irrigated by Lake Victoria. Residents of the community who choose to work in the greenhouse will be able to sell the produce at market.