Food keeps Ugandan children at school

Food keeps Ugandan children at school

The UN World Food Programme estimates that over 30 percent of children in Uganda are stunted from malnutrition.

Lower Primary having lunchA poor diet can have a profound effect on a child’s health, ability to learn, to communicate and to think analytically, while good nutrition is vital to those living with HIV/AIDS. Childhood hunger poses a serious obstacle to learning, with hungry children often unable to concentrate, regularly falling asleep at their desks and suffering from headaches and stomach pains.

At Sky is the Limit Children’s Centre in Fort Portal, Western Uganda, we provide orphaned and vulnerable children living with HIV/AIDS with a home and education in a safe, caring community.

With Ecologia’s support, the Sky is The Limit School, which also provides education to disadvantaged children from the local community, is now able to provide all 350 pupils with a hot, nutritious meal everyday. For many of the children attending the school, their parents simply don’t the have the means to feed them and the daily hot meal they receive at Sky’s school is often the only one they get. School meals also reduce absenteeism, by encouraging children to come to school.

Rose Mugenyi, the school’s Director, told us:

Thanks to the school meals funded by Ecologia, the children in the school are very happy, organised and now concentrate in class. The teachers are happy too because they see their pupils active in class and they notice great progress and academic improvement across the whole school.

In the playground

Just £3 provides the raw ingredients for 1 child’s school meals for 4 months. Please help us to support the children at Sky Is The Limit School and donate here.

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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.