Kennedy Middle School students in Mr. Demers "Foods" classes recently learned about foods and cooking in Tanzania, Africa.
The students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on cooking classes at school, learning to prepare chapati (flat bread), ugali (thick corn flour porridge) and a traditional Tanzanian vegetable stew. This cultural sharing event was possible through "Hearts in Unity" -- a local non-profit organization dedicated to the care and support of orphan and at risk children in Tanzania.
During the cooking classes, the KMS students learned about life in Tanzania, the 5th poorest country in the world. They learned that in many Tanzanian schools, because of the exteme poverty, that it is not possible for schools to serve lunch to the students.
The availability of a meal at a Tanzanian school ultimately depends on the financial means of the children's parents. But with an average household income of less than $1 a day in Tanzania, paying for a school lunch -- especially when there are often 6 or more children in a family -- is often an expense that these families can not bear.
After hearing of the poverty in Tanzania, and the stories of the hungry children in this thrid world country, the KMS students opened their hearts and reached in their own pockets to make a difference.
Reaching out to those who are less fortunate, Mr. Demers students recently presented a check for more than $200 to Susan Werner, Director of Hearts in Unity, as a donation to feed the 1,000 children at Seela Primary School a meal for one day. Kudos to these students! Their generosity is to be commended!
For more information about Hearts in Unity and our mission to feed, clothe and educate the children of Tanzania, please visit www.heartsinunity.org and www.heartsinunity.blogspot.com.
For more information on Tanzanian cooking classes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also see a related story about the generosity of students at Amy Belle Elementary School and the ways that they are also helping the children of Tanzania.
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