Namugongo Fund for Special Children (NFSC) emerged from a simple observation made by members of the community: children were going to school hungry. NFSC started the breakfast project to help feed the children who were otherwise going to school hungry. Because resources of most families have been over extended in an attempt to care for the big numbers of orphaned children, some homes are able to provide only one meal a day which is usually in the evening. Many children were going to school hungry, forcing some of them to skip school in search of food. This project started in May 2000 with 60 children.

Porridge ready for the children.

Porridge ready for the children.

And so began the NFSC breakfast program. Led by a team of dedicated volunteers, NFSC has expanded to provide breakfast porridge to over 1000 children each day through multi-site breakfast centers, while also establishing after school programming, school sponsorship, a small clinic for children and their families, and most recently began to scale up voluntary HIV treatment and testing in their community. Many children in the program are HIV/AIDS infected; most have been affected by HIV/AIDS (e.g. through the death of a parent); and all experience the lasting effects of chronic poverty.

There are seven breakfast centers serving 1,500 children. The children receive breakfast every school day before they go to school. The breakfast consists of porridge made from maize meal & soy bean and a daily multivitamin.

Each center has a volunteer cook who takes roll-call and checks the general health of the children.

Each center also has a community committee that helps in verification of need for recruited children.

Funding for Food

Breakfast Shelter

Breakfast Shelter

Currently the funding is coming from the founder’s efforts in the United States. Various individuals and friends have supported her monumental efforts. This creates a very precarious situation for the future existence of the food. In addition, many of these children do not have enough money for food for lunch. They have breakfast at 7am and do not eat again until 8pm when dinner is served. Stable funds are needed for the food for breakfast and further funds are needed to start a lunch program. Since the children go to the breakfast center nearest their school, it will be easy for them to go back to the same center for lunch during the school lunch break. Lunch has become a very important meal especially now that ARV program has started. NFSC acknowledges the fact that successful HIV/AIDS treatment, Academic performance and the well being of any given child rests on nutrition. That is why this project is number one priority for NFSC.

Breakfast Sites:

  • Center A – Kyaliwajjala
  • Center B – Kyaliwajjala – UMEA
  • Center C – Kira
  • Center D – Bulindo
  • Center E – Kiwologoma
  • Center F – Nakweero
  • Center G – Kimwanyi