Kenya: School Meals Featured In Slum Children’s Art

Published on 31 March 2010

(Copyright: WFP/Rose Ogola)

Pictures painted by Nairobi slum children about the school meals they receive from WFP will soon be auctioned in Europe to help raise funds and awareness for the Kenyan school meals programme.

NAIROBI – Pictures painted by Nairobi slum children about the school meals they receive from WFP will be auctioned in Europe by one of WFP's corporate sponsors to help support the school meals programme in the future.

Thirty children from the Kibera and Mathare slums in Nairobi participated in an art workshop organised by WFP at the Ramoma Museum of Modern Art, one of the prominent art facilities in Nairobi.

Ramoma’s James Mbuthia facilitated the workshop free of charge and advised the children on how to mix colours and use various materials in their paintings.

Nutritious meals

The pictures produced at the workshop will be sent to International Paper, a global paper manufacturer which provides funding for nutritious meals for children in Kenyan schools. The company will use them to help raise funds for the Kenyan programme.

The children, who came from six different schools, all gave different perspectives of what the school meals mean to them. Learn more about school meals

The budding artists were also treated to a tour of the Ramoma Museum where they saw different kinds of art work. “I am so awed by all the artwork here and I hope that one day I can have my work displayed here,” said 14-year-old Francis Mutua of Stara Rescue Centre.

Mural picture

Three pupils who participated in the workshop assisted Mr.  Kim Young Kee, Chief Relations Officer and Executive Vice President of LG Electronics (LGE), in reproducing one of their pictures as a mural.  They also presented him the original painting when he visited with other senior executives.

International Paper was the first private donor to support the school meals programme in Kenya. Currently, out of the almost 104,000 pupils in informal settlements in Nairobi who are benefitting from WFP school meals, 43,141 are supported by IP.

LGE joined WFP as a private partner in 2009 and is supporting school meals for 8,200 children in Nairobi.

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Rose Ogola

Public Information Officer in Kenya

Rose joined WFP in 2009 and is currently Public Information Officer for Kenya.