Feeding more than 300 hungry children at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home in the Mathare slums is a continuing challenge. They range in age from a few months to 18 years of age. These young people need a balanced diet with adequate protein and enough nutritional value for normal growth and development. ACOHF supports a full-time cook who manages the kitchen and usually makes three meals a day.
The cook prepares simple meals of ugali (cornmeal mush) or githeri (corn and beans). Porridge with milk nourishes the youngest children. Sometimes on Sunday the older children help and everyone enjoys chapati (flatbread). Meat or fruit is a rare treat reserved for holidays or special occasions. ACOHF helps to provide flour, rice, beans, maize (corn), cooking oil and other essential food supplies.
Single mothers who are HIV+ also need proper nutrition to sustain themselves and their children. ACOHF provides regular nutrition supplements to the Meru Association of Positive People and families impacted by AIDS. This assistance includes beans, rice, corn, flour, cooking oil, and tea. We also help fund nourishing hot meals for the members of this AIDS support group during their biweekly meetings at Thiiri Community Centre in Meru.