Food4Education a Kenya-based social enterprise that is dedicated to providing healthy and nutritious food to vulnerable children in the public school system at heavily subsidized prices has secured funding from Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation to expand their reach over the next 3 years.
The Foundation that invests in early-stage high impact social enterprises by providing unrestricted capital over three years will partner with the Food4Education founder to help build capacity in the organization and scale their impact.
“We are excited to join the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation to expand our work to more counties and scale from providing 1600 meals per day to 50,000 meals a day over the next 3 years. DRK has invested in various in social enterprises around the world including Kiva, Living Goods, Sanergy, and others.” Says Wawira Njiru, Founder and Executive Director, Food4Education.
Founded in 2012 by Wawira Njiru while studying a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of South Australia, Food4Education provides lunch on every school day, mentorship and tuition support aimed at improving their health, school performance and increase their chances of getting into good high schools in a merit-based high school entrance system.
“I was learning about the impact food has not only on health but on political stability and security and while food insecurity drives many people all over the world from their homes to the streets to steal, beg and engage in other forms of violence, In my community, many children are being forced to choose between staying in class to learn or going out to the streets to beg for food.”
“In many schools, children would prefer to look for work or steal just to get 1 meal a day. I fundraised $1680 and constructed a kitchen to start providing food to 25 students to keep them in school.”
Wawira Njiru also runs Double Portion restaurant, where all profits are directed towards supporting the program. To date, Food4Education provides 1600 meals per day across 4 schools around Ruiru, a small town in the Central Part of Kenya. They plan to expand to 50,000 meals a day over the next 3 years across different counties with this new support from Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.
In addition to the school feeding program, Food4Education regularly conducts student mentorship and motivation programs with local university students and young professionals to help improve their interest in learning, value for education and confidence in their own capacities and attributes to improve education outcomes.
Through Food4Education, 100% of the students under the program have scored 250/500 marks in their final primary school exams while 96% of have successfully transitioned from primary to secondary school.
To support the program, you can visit their website for more information.