After a briefing at the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) Office, we visited three schools in the Mbola MVP cluster, where we were welcomed by dance performances, songs, and skits – a surprise for the MVP staff as well.
At each of the schools, we were introduced to the headmasters, teachers, and cooks. We were able to witness the various interventions being performed by the project, including boreholes for accessing fresh water, a new credit facility for agricultural and other loans, as well as a health center.
And then came lunchtime! The menu for the day was ugali (a maize meal and the staple food in many parts of East Africa) with a red bean soup. At this school (Ilolangulu school), they alternate between red beans and dried fish as the source of protein. The parents also contribute cabbage and other vegetables to supplement the nutritional content of the meals.
It was a great day, reminding us of why we do the work we do.