Empowering Children to Lead Healthy Lives
Go Economic Empowerment Programme (GEEP) in Central Kenya is on a mission to educate primary school children on the importance of proper hygiene practices and introduce them to gardening and healthy nutrition to provide them with a sense of empowerment and self-reliance. Malnutrition and food insecurity are very real problems for families suffering from poverty, claiming the lives of countless children every year. Many children go to school every day with empty stomachs and in very poor health overall which severely impacts their academic performance. Poor hygiene and sanitation practices also affect school attendance and expose children to a variety of chronic diseases. With our support, GEEP is targeting 2,400 children in six primary schools in Muranga County; in each school they will establish a garden growing fruits, vegetables and herbs, with the hope that the children, teachers, and neighboring communities will then replicate this within their own homes and be able to supplement their diets with fresh and healthy produce. In addition, they will organize cooking demonstrations as well as workshops on mentorship, personal hygiene, basic sanitation and menstruation health management.