An Appetite for Learning

September 17, 2012
An Appetite for Learning

Students at Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School, a Marianist-sponsored school in Nairobi, are eager to learn — once their hunger pangs have been satisfied. 

On a bright day last fall the entire student body of Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School, a Marianist-sponsored school in Kenya, marked a momentous event: Every student in the school ate breakfast. At a school in the developed world, the achievement would have passed unnoticed. At OLN, however, located in the heart of Mukuru — one of Nairobi’s largest slums — it was cause for celebration.

“For me, breakfast in the morning is a given. For them, it’s a victory,” says Chris Hill, a University of Dayton graduate and wildlife photographer who launched the school’s “Uji Porridge Program” in 2006. “I am overwhelmed when I realize how happy and grateful these kids are for something as simple as breakfast.”

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