Kenyan Boys "Got Milk" World Hunger Sunday October 12

October 6, 2014

Cows have changed the classroom experience for some schoolboys in Kenya. The animal’s milk has helped them focus.

The Naivasha Children Shelter in Kenya recently used Global Hunger Relief funds to buy two new cows. The shelter is a rehabilitation center for boys who have lived on the streets, and it focuses on reintegrating them with their families. 

The cows offer multiple benefits to the boys. Previously, the cows on site were old and stopped producing milk. Staff collected an average of 15 liters per week from the two animals. The new cows produce almost the same amount per day.

“Since we bought the cows, boys are [drinking] tea with breakfast which just wasn’t possible before,” says Paul Mwangi, the school director who is also in charge of all livestock and agriculture.

He says the boys also weren’t eating anything between their breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and lunch at 1 p.m.

“They get hungry and the boys were not concentrating, but now we can offer them a tea break at10 a.m.,” Mwangi says. “There is a big improvement in their focus during school.”

The second benefit the cows bring to the shelter is that they teach the students how to take care of animals. Some won’t excel in school, so it’s important for staff to teach them other skills that can help them survive when they are reintegrated with their families. When they leave, they will return home with both education and vocational skills.

-Story and photo by Christena Dowsett

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