Volunteer video editor: Elliot Darren

A disadvantaged start

The project provides daily meals to the children at the We Are the Future kindergarten and primary school in Freetown, Sierra Leone. These children come from poor fishing communities where families have lost most of their income due to the Ebola outbreak that has devastated the country and its economy.

Two little girls are having their lunch at the We Are the future school

Sierra Leone was ravaged by Ebola, then crushed by the recession that followed. More recently, more lives were lost to the dramatic landslides. Today, 2/3 of households continue to be food insecure.  The country is making great steps to educate its young population, 41.7% of whom are under 15, but this is hampered by a shortage of schools and teachers, and a general lack of resources.

Feeding minds and stomachs

We Are The Future provides daily meals to the 230 children at the WAF kindergarten and primary school, in Freetown, the capital. Children at the WAF Centre primary school used to come to school on an empty stomach, others used to drop out to help their families "put food on the table”. So the school lunch project began in September 2016, after the WAF school transformed a patch of barren land into a garden to grow food and built a kitchen and dining room, and 150 pupils were served their first school lunch.

The WAF kitchen uses the fruit and vegetables grown in the garden to provide well-balanced, nutritious meals. By having at least one healthy meal per day, children can focus on their studies and play.Grades have rocketed and absence from class is at an all-time low. Children’s nutritional status has improved and, consequently, so have their overall health and cognitive development. This also offers relief to their caregivers.

Paul and Emmanuel, students at the We Are the Future school in Freetown, Sierra Leone, show off the tomatoes grown in the school garden

Families starting their own gardens

The children help to grow some of the food in the school’s garden, so they and their families can see the link between planting seeds and eating food. Some families have even started urban gardens at home.

Derick Smith was a student in Class 3, who was often either absent or sleeping in class, too tired because his stomach was empty. Now his reading and writing has improved and he is wide awake for lessons.The difference was so dramatic that his father even went to school to find out what had brought about such a miraculous change!

You can help us help students like Derick, by supporting our School Garden Stage Two Appeal today!

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