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Keeping Kids Fed in Kenyan Schools

Stara Rescue Center students march to greet Ambassador Godec. The ambassador recently visited the center, located in Africa’s largest urban slum of Kibera, Nairobi, to highlight USDA’s support to the center’s students through the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program. (Courtesy Photo)

Stara Rescue Center students march to greet Ambassador Godec. The ambassador recently visited the center, located in Africa’s largest urban slum of Kibera, Nairobi, to highlight USDA’s support to the center’s students through the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program. (Courtesy Photo)

On Feb. 21, newly confirmed U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec visited the Stara Rescue Center, a school and orphanage located in Africa’s largest urban slum of Kibera, Nairobi. He was there to highlight USDA’s support to the center’s students through the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program. The Foreign Agricultural Service program supports education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries that are committed to universal education.

Children receive free primary education at the Stara Rescue Center, but resources are often scarce for basic school supplies and lunches. In 2004, the World Food Program, an international humanitarian agency and McGovern-Dole participant, began a feeding program at the center for school days.

Ambassador Godec congratulated the school’s founder, Josephine Mumo, and WFP for their continued partnership to support the children. “We support Kenya’s desire for universal primary education, and believe students learn better when their stomachs are fed along with their minds,” he said during the visit. “Universal education combined with good nutrition helps build the bodies and minds of the future leaders of this great country.”

Ambassador Godec helps the Stara Rescue Center school founder and director, Josephine Mumo (left), and the World Food Program country director, Ronald Sibanda, prepare meals for the center’s students. The center is just one of the beneficiaries of the USDA-funded program implemented by WFP in Kenya where U.S.-grown food feeds 650,000 children at more than 2,000 schools. (Courtesy Photo)

Ambassador Godec helps the Stara Rescue Center school founder and director, Josephine Mumo (left), and the World Food Program country director, Ronald Sibanda, prepare meals for the center’s students. The center is just one of the beneficiaries of the USDA-funded program implemented by WFP in Kenya where U.S.-grown food feeds 650,000 children at more than 2,000 schools. (Courtesy Photo)

The Stara Rescue Center is just one of the beneficiaries of the USDA-funded program implemented by WFP in Kenya where U.S.-grown food feeds 650,000 children at more than 2,000 schools. Additionally, USDA provides funds to the Kenyan government to help strengthen its technical skills to implement school feeding country-wide.

Since 2001, the program has funded projects in more than 40 countries, benefitting more than 28 million children and their families.  The McGovern-Dole program also aligns with the U.S. Government Action Plan on Children in Adversity, which aims to achieve a world where all children grow up within protective family care and free from deprivation, exploitation and danger.

For more information about McGovern-Dole and other food assistance programs, visit the FAS website.

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec visits the Stara Rescue Center, a school and orphanage in Nairobi, to highlight USDA’s support to the center’s students through the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program. The World Food Program, an international humanitarian agency and McGovern-Dole participant, began a feeding program at the center for school days. (Courtesy Photo)

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec visits the Stara Rescue Center, a school and orphanage in Nairobi, to highlight USDA’s support to the center’s students through the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program. The World Food Program, an international humanitarian agency and McGovern-Dole participant, began a feeding program at the center for school days. (Courtesy Photo)

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