ZOMBO. The community empowerment for rural development (CEFORD) Zombo with funding from cooper-aid-Switzerland has donated cooking utensils to St Peter’s college Warr Girls’ and Aluka secondary schools in support of the schools’ feeding program.
The utensils which include saucepans, plates, cups, forks and table knives among other items were delivered to the schools on Friday amidst cheers from teachers who said the deliveries will shorten time spent on preparing meals since there will be no intermittent changes of dishes.
Mr Stephen Obida, the deputy head teacher St Peter’s college Warr girls’ commended CEFORD for the initiative and said they had challenges during occasions like hosting parents and teachers association meetings and annual general meetings among others.
He said borrowing dishes from associations and other event organizers is going to stop and money used for hiring will automatically be saved for other purposes.
“We had real challenges when we needed to serve meals to a big gathering and this forced us in most cases, to borrow or hire from event organizers and individuals with catering dishes,” Obida said.
He cited the dilapidated kitchen as one of the challenges the school together with partners like CEFORD should work on.
Warr Girls College has only 191 students despite having almost all the necessary facilities like a modern laboratory, library and dormitory among others.
Ms Safina Aweko-nimungu, the in charge welfare at Aluka secondary school said the dishes have come in handy as they expect enrolment to rise from over 500 to over 700 students next year.
Aweko-nimungu said the school had fewer dishes and as a result, a lot of time would be wasted in serving students but with the intervention made by CEFORD, she said the students will be served faster.
She similarly said the time spent on cooking will also drastically reduce since there will be no interruption caused by lack of dishes.
Aweko-nimungu however, said the school is still faced with the challenge of lack of a dining hall and insufficient oven which they needed to collectively address with the development partners.
“These students you see here eat their food all over the compound because we do not have a dining hall and the situation gets worse when it begins to rain,” she said.
The coordinator CEFORD Zombo, Mr Jude Oweka said the initiative seeks to support school feeding programs under the four-year shs2.2 billion Salongo pi somo project.
He said if funds allow, CEFORD will continue looking into other challenges jeopardizing effective learning so that communities are empowered to tackle other challenges.
“We came up with this initiative after a baseline survey we carried out in the project catchment areas showed that most schools had challenges with their school feeding programs,” Oweka said.
The salongo pi somo an Alur phrase translated as ‘communal work for education’ project started in 2016 and is expected to end by 2020.