Changing the future, one meal at a time.

Changing the future, one meal at a time.

Whether or not children are well nourished during their first years of life can have a profound effect on their health, ability to learn, to communicate, think analytically, socialise effectively and adapt to new environments and people. In poverty-stricken countries across the world, children go without healthy, balanced meals on a regular basis and often suffer from malnourishment. Many children walk long distances to school. They do not have breakfast or lunch and this makes it very difficult for them to concentrate during lessons. The long-term impact can be low academic attainment, poor physical health and lack of employment opportunities.

What Is Ecologia Doing To Help?

With support from UK Trusts including The Toy Trust, Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, and our generous donors, Ecologia has been able to offer a daily school meal and clean drinking water to all of children at Sky Is The Limit School in Uganda for the past 4 years.

The introduction of free school meals to Sky Is The Limit School means we have seen the invaluable benefits that good nutrition gives. The children have gained significant weight and they are now achieving a healthy weight/height ratio. Their academic progress has improved and they are developing social skills as they eat together. We have seen how much the children love lunch times! They have written poems, stories and songs about how much they enjoy their school meals and they really enjoy sharing them with us.

What Impact Have The Meals Had?

The lunches provided have had a hugely positive impact on the children’s academic achievements. The primary 7 class is soaring high among the East Division Fort Portal area ranking 2nd in this year’s mock exam results. There has also been an incredible improvement in the success of extra-curricular activities. Earlier in 2018, 28 schools participated in a local sporting event and Sky Is The Limit ranked 3rd in ball games and 2nd in athletics! It seems we have a lot of stars in the making there!

Desire

Desire and Joseph, with their homemade footballs at Sky Is The Limit.

Desire is 12 years old and in the P7 class. Desire lives with a step mother who cannot provide him with meals.  It was not unusual for him to have only one meal a day.

He likes playing football very much, but whenever he would play, he would faint. However, since we began providing him with meals at school, he can play for hours and no longer faints!

He plays very well and is on the school football team. In class he is among the best with a first grade, he is doing particularly well in mathematics. He said “If I continue taking school meals, I will improve in football and I will join a very good football team like Manchester United!”

Life changing food for all

It isn’t only the lives of the children that are improved by the free school meals, staff and families of Sky Is The Limit are benefiting as well. Since the meals started there has been a steady increase in enrolment to the school, meaning not only are more children enjoying a great education but there are more employment opportunities for teachers. Staff are also being offered annual salaried positions which enables them to provide their own families with a regular, secure income.

Sky Is The Limit is a school specifically for children who are affected directly or indirectly by HIV/AIDS. School Director Rose Mugenyi reports: “We have seen a decrease in absence from school due to illness. Many of the children have reported a decrease in becoming victim to opportunistic infections due to the lowering of the immune system.”

There are so many positive and vital benefits of having a delicious and balanced, healthy meal every day. We are delighted that we can help provide this to some of the world’s most vulnerable children. Ecologia cannot thank our supporters like Thomas Cook Children’s Charity and The Toy Trust enough for their help.

You can keep feeding children like those at Sky Is The Limit School by making a donation today. It costs just £38 a year to give a child a daily school meal, less than 20p per day. So any amount will go a long way to helping these young people reach their dreams.

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Susie has 30+ experience as a creative copywriter, editor, and proofreader, starting out as a 20-year-old copywriter in the Mad Men world of early 1990s advertising in South Africa. Ever since, she’s had a love affair with creative conceptualisation, thinking outside of the box, writing to a deadline, and being thrown in the deep end!

She took an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, in 2015, and continues to keep herself busy working as a copy-editor, proofreader and copywriter in book publishing, corporate communications, and publishing project management.

Apart from her love of working with independent authors, Susie has a fondness for working in the third sector and likes to use her corporate communications and marketing experience to support projects close to her heart. She has lived and worked in the Findhorn area for 25 years, and has been involved in a number of third sector projects and organisations, and family businesses.

Working at Ecologia Youth Trust helps Susie to live in integrity with her values of supporting the next generation to be the best that they can be, and she sees it as a way to give back to Mama Africa, the beloved continent on which she was born.

Ellen Shaw

Ellen joined the Ecologia team in June 2018 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Ellen has lived in Scotland for 6 years and has worked for non-profit and charitable organisations across varied fields. She currently shares her passion for helping young people through Ecologia Youth Trust and she works as a dancer and dance teacher in her spare time.

Robyn Cooper

Robyn is the Associate Director of International Projects, having previously worked within the team as a Project Development and Marketing Officer from April 2019 until May 2021. As Associate Director, Robyn is co-leading the International side of Ecologia with Founder and Director, Liza Hollingshead, bringing a new energy into Ecologia as they look towards the future of the charity.

Liza Hollingshead

Liza is the founder of Ecologia and Director of International Projects. She was born and educated in South Africa and worked there as a high school teacher. She moved to live in the Findhorn Community in 1974. She started Ecologia in 1995 after being introduced to Dmitry Morozov, the founder of Kitezh Children’s Community in Russia, and was inspired to support the community in its mission to rescue orphaned children from institutions and give them homes, families and education in a supportive environment.

This led to projects supporting disadvantaged youth and children in South East Asia and in East Africa. TRead more about Liza’s story here.