Mlima Shabaha Public Primary School
School Lunch Program
Purpose: To provide corn and beans for lunch daily for one school year for 150 – 175 students at Mlima Shabaha public school in Mlima Shabaha, Tanzania – near Boma Ng’ombe.
Projected Cost: $2500 per year
Date Started: April 2016
Date to be Completed: June 2016
Sponsor: Sam Vaughan
Year Project Started: 2015
Meeting with Mlima Shabaha School Principal in 2015
Description of Project: West of Moshi and Mount Kilimajaro in Northern Tanzania, the land is very arid and receives little annual rainfall. Because of the lack of available water, families are often unable to grow sufficient food for themselves to eat. In addition, public schools in Tanzania require an annual allotment of beans and corn (in kilograms) to be provided to the school by the family for each student in attendance. Mlima Shabaha school is not receiving the “required” beans and corn from the students’ families, because the families barely have enough to feed themselves. Therefore, students at school are not fed during the day. The school day lasts from 8am to 3pm, and sustaining learning on an empty stomach is very difficult. Mlima Shabaha public school has 150 – 175 students and 5 teachers who would greatly benefit from a donation of corn and beans. The local Tanzanian government is aware of the problem, but has no immediate plans with solutions.
What’s New in 2016: Breakfast will be provided (uji, corn porridge), and vitamins will be added by hand according to Gates Foundation research recommendations. Because of these additional activities, cost increased to $2500 per year.
All food to be purchased locally and delivered to the school. The school will store the food on-site and use throughout the year.
The price of beans and corn went up during the planting season from that originally estimated.
According to Sam, he learned first-hand about corruption, and that students at public school in Tanzania often suffer because of others in power who take resources from schools for their personal benefit. He also became more familiar with a new level of poverty, in that children in this area of Mlima Shabaha do not have enough to eat, and what it means to them. It was interesting to see what a local public school looks like in the village of Mlima Shabaha and that it is dry, desolate and sandy. The schools do not have very many buildings, only those for classrooms. There is no room for a library or computer lab, and that schools are under-staffed.
Photos Taken in 2015 –
Delivery of Food for School Lunch Program
Mlima Shabaha Public Elementary School
Students in Mlima Shabaha School
Carrying Bags into Mlima Shabaha School
Storage of Food in School Storeroom