Kaphuta Primary School, Mzimba District
No. of Students: 2,469
School Feeding Start Date: 30th November 2016
Located in a large catchment area spanning over 20 villages Kaphuta Primary is located in the village of Kafoteka Mkwandawire. To meet the daily needs 9 x 120 litre rocket stoves were provided. It is essential to provide a meal at school but to do so in a way that does not affect the school day.
The launch took place on the 30th of November and included members of Seibo in Malawi, local dignitaries and Japanese visitors from the Can Do organisation.
A standard 6 student, Agnes Chisambi recited a poem after which she thanked Seibo for making it possible that all children can attend school since hunger was no longer a reason to stay away.
15th February 2017: At the time of our visit enrollment had risen to 2,660 children. However this school faced challenges in ensuring enough volunteers turned up to man the 9 x stoves and cook approx 225 kgs of “phala” daily. One volunteer-cook was also allegedly burned with phala which spilled on her legs though no official report was filed.
The school feeding committee asked to visit other Seibo schools to see how they can improve their stock management and control systems as at the time of our visit the foodstuffs were being stored together with books and other materials.