Gift Cards instead of Presents.

The drought in central Kenya has driven up the cost of food, and we are trying to raise an extra £2000 to buy enough grain and beans to last the school boarders for the next year. The Kenyan government has announced that there will be a shortage of maize, beans, rice and sugar, and that extra imports will be brought in from Uganda and Tanzania, raising prices even further. To help the school cope with the extra costs, many of our supporters are choosing to make a donation instead of spending lots of money on Christmas presents, cards and postage, and we hope you can do this too. We can supply a Gift Card which you give as an alternative to a present. If you want a card (or hopefully more than one card!) please let us know through the email form on the contact us page, or write to the address below. We will then post your cards in return for a donation.

If you don't want a gift card you can still help us by making an online donation or by posting a cheque made out to "The Karuri School Project Trust" directly to:

The Karuri School Project
152 Bush Hill



If you would like to support this campaign by making an online donation you can choose a level of support in helping to buy food by clicking here or on the Githeri plate below and going to the "Food for a Year" page on our sister site, the Hebe Holmes Memorial Fund. Everything donated here goes the school and helps to buy the food needed for the children who board at the school for the next year.

Githeri Pale


Why not give up one of your Christmas meals and try a plate of githeri instead? It's a traditional food in some parts of Kenya, and can be made cheaply and easily. Githeri is a stew made from maize, beans, with some kale and potatoes if available. You can add a little meat too if you wish, but many Kenyan people just use the vegetables and grain. Making githeri is skilful but not a precise art, so just use quantities of each ingredient to suit your taste. First, soak a cup of beans overnight. In Kenya you would have to pick out the grit and dirt from the beans first but in the UK the beans will already be clean. You can use your favourite beans, white beans, kidney beans or brown beans. Let them soak in cold water overnight, then rinse them thoroughly and add a cup of whole kernel corn or maize, some potatoes, and some cabbage and cooked meat if you like. Put them all into a pan or a pot, and cover with water, then boil gently for a couple hours or until tender. Too long on the boil will result in a squishy mushy mess, equally edible but not so attractive to look at, so keep an eye on it as it cooks. Add a little salt to taste, and perhaps some olive oil.


 This approximate guide to food prices in Kenya is based on a balanced diet of 2300 calories per day
(note that in remote areas not all foods will be available all year, seasonal availability is significant)
Source:  November 2014

Milk  (0.26 litre) £0.17
Fresh White Bread (150.00 g) £0.11
Rice, (300g) £0.31
Eggs (3.60) £0.35
Cheese (150g) £0.98
Chicken Breasts, (280g) £1.05
Apples (350g) £0.63
Oranges (400g) £0.69
Tomato (250g) £0.19
Potato (300g) £0.18
Lettuce (0.20 head) £0.07
Daily recommended minimum amount of money for food per person £4.73
Monthly recommended minimum amount of money for food per person
(assuming 31 days per month)



Looking at this table you might think that food is easily available, but the figures relate to the main cities around the world for comparison purposes. In Kenya there is better food distribution in the cities, in rural areas the emphasis is on the more plentiful and cheaper foods such as grains, beans and vegetables. People will eat what is available, and in poorer areas the diet may not be well balanced. The expensive foods in the table will be more expensive in rural areas and children in the school are likely to have apples, chicken, cheese and eggs once per week, but rice and potatoes every day.

A sack of maize costs 3000 KES (£21) and a sack of beans is 5000 KES (£35). Wangari is hoping to buy at least 25 sacks of maize and 18 sacks of beans at a cost of about £1200, plus other seasonal produce to last well into 2015. If she cannot do this in the next month prices will rise and the total cost could be much more. So it is important that we help as much as we can, and if you are able to give something we would be very grateful. Our target is £2000, this will buy all the rice, maize and beans that Wangari wants, leaving enough to buy seasonal produce as well.