Queen Anne’s Raise £5,450 For The Kasiisi Porridge Project

Tuesday 5th July 2016

Over the past academic year, Queen Anne’s have been busy raising money for the school’s chosen charity, The Kasiisi Porridge Project. Through holding events such as the inaugural Queen Anne’s Colour Run, a MUFTI Day where girls were encouraged to wear red, and the school’s annual Christmas Carol Service at Dorchester Abbey, we are delighted to announce that we have raised a total of £5,450 for the charity.

The Kasiisi Porridge Project is an international charity which provides rural schoolchildren, living near the Kibale National Park in western Uganda, a meal every day. The charity was founded by Kate Wrangham-Briggs, who is also a former Queen Anne’s pupil.

Below, Kate shares a message of thanks from the charity:

“Since May 2009, over 1200 primary school children have had a meal of maize flour porridge every school day in rural Western Uganda, thanks to our generous donors. 

Why the need? Because most people in this rural part of Uganda can only afford one meal a day. That means a full day at school without breakfast, and a journey of several miles to and from home, setting off around daybreak.  When did any of us walk several miles barefoot or otherwise, to school and back every day, often in drenching rain? Admittedly, the 7 ½ minute walk from Wilkins (now Michell House) to school in all weathers was referred to during Speech Day last Saturday, and I do remember being made to play lacrosse before breakfast three times a week when I was at Queen Anne’s myself – it was known as “early”, and was the extent of our outdoor suffering, brutal as we thought it was! 

Add in the chores our young Ugandan children are faced with when they eventually get home from school, fetching water from the well down the hill, cleaning the homestead, finding firewood, feeding the goats, picking fruit, and of course homework, all without electricity or running water, and you get some idea of how a mug of hot, sweet porridge in the day might actually make a difference to your life chances there. 

This is no exaggeration.  If you can concentrate in afternoon lessons because you have eaten something, you’re more likely to pass exams, more likely to go on to secondary school, more likely to find a job, avoid child marriage on the way and eventually be in a good position to pass on the benefits of education to the next generation.  That’s how important the money raised by Queen Anne’s this year, is.

So, in response to the magnificent total of £5,450, on behalf of the children in Uganda, thank you, or in Rutooro, which is their language, WEIVALE MUNO.”

For further information about the charity’s work, please visit www.kasiisiporridge.org