Mr Kanu, who lives in Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown, has been unemployed since losing his job at an insurance agency two years ago. His wife is now the sole breadwinner, and although she earns a little money selling fish in the market, money is tight.

Mr Kanu standing next to some plants

Mr Kanu is fortunate because he lives close to the We Are the Future School, and his two children receive financial support from school funds to attend. Given the difficulty of getting enough food on the family table, Mr Kanu is very reassured to know that his children are getting a good meal every day, through the School Kitchen project. Both of these projects are supported by BWAUK.

As soon as he realised that much of the food for the school lunches was grown from the school’s garden, Mr Kanu decided to follow the example and to start growing his own food to help feed the family. Because he was very short of outdoor space, he began his garden by using old buckets, tyres and bags as makeshift planters. Seeing how difficult this was, staff from We Are the Future have been working with him to set up a proper ‘home nursery’ so he can transplant the seedlings into bigger and better containers.

This is proving very successful, as he is now growing green vegetables, including lettuce and spring onions, as well as keeping chickens which are providing eggs. This is helping to provide the family with a better diet, and all-in-all is saving them an average of £35. By comparison, the monthly earnings of someone on the minimum wage in Sierra Leone is just £12.35.

Daphne Davies is a Volunteer Journalist at Bread and Water for Africa UK.

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