Kitarini School Lunch Program

It’s hard to concentrate on learning when you’re hungry!

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As of June 1, 2017 the Devon Foundation assumed the funding responsibility for the Kitarini School Lunch Program. This important program was feeding 450 Masai children 5 days a week. That is a total of 9,000 hot meals per month. Since Devon’s influence the enrollment has grown to 500 students, many walking miles each way. The totals now exceed 10,000 meals a month…

With the food comes an education, students telling us they love math, and science too. Their future is brighter now with a hot lunch to quell the hunger and an open mind to explore possibilities!

The cost is $0.22 per meal!

So you can see that any amount of help you give us makes a huge difference!

We appreciate your support!

Unloading maize for lunch program

“On the menu” a porridge made of maize, oil and sugar

Smiles all around!




July 1, 2017 students receiving their first hot lunch since the USAid defunding in 2016

Masai children at school

Kitarini students preparing for class

Girls and boys enjoying lollipops we brought

Students walk 3-5 kilometers each way

Kitarini youth

Kitarini on border of Kenya & Tanzania

Update: August 2018

Fresh water for the school!

The Devon Foundation sent the necessary funds to provide a fresh water line to the Kitarini School. The newly installed line facilitates the cooking and drinking water for a large group each day!

This improvement is huge!!

Digging for a water line.

Fresh water for cooking and drinking!

Water line is a MAJOR upgrade.

More meals for more students

Our Kitarini School Lunch Program was already a huge success and demand has expanded even more! We are now providing 500 lunches per school day, an increase of 25% over 2017 levels.

Preparing the daily school lunch.

What is in the lunch we serve?

A cooked mixture of maize, corn flour, beans, oil, and salt. Warm, nutritious and filling the students can free themselves from hunger and concentrate on studies.





Meet a Student

Sokoine Lesakire, 14 – Loves Math!

Sokoine Lesakire is 14 year-old boy student who has attended Kitarini School for 6 years. His favorite subject is math. He walks two hours to school in the morning, enjoying a simple African breakfast when he arrives provided by the

Devon Foundation.


Naalamara Lesakire, and son Sokoine




The lunch line in Kitarini!

He accompanied us to his home village where we met his mother and three siblings, two of whom also attend Kitarini School. Sokoine’s mother, Naalamara Lesakire, is a fourth wife– polygamy is legal in Tanzania. They live in a mud and stick hut with no electricity or water.



Test scores tell the story

Since the Devon Foundation has been involved in serving lunches the 2017 test scores at the Kitarini School are clearly much improved over 2016 test scores.

For example:

2016 – in one Level 4 class, 2 out of 28 the students passed the government test.

2017 – in the same class, 26 out of 28 students passed!

2018 – Received Award for Excellence!

Lunch means better concentration, better scores, better equipped for their future!

2018 Award for Excellence


How can you help? Help Us Help Them!

The cost to feed our 500 Kitarini students for one month is $2,500. That’s 10,000 meals! We greatly appreciate any amount to continue this important program.