Tamsyn Wymer
African Children’s Fund

Tamsyn Wymer | Juice Networking Witneys

African Children’s Fund is a small, Oxfordshire-based charity (Reg. charity no. 1114699) working with grass roots partners in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Focussing on education and children’s rights, we are making a real difference to the lives of 2,500 children born into poverty every year.

It was the Head Teacher at a school in Kenya who explained what stops children attending school: the first is a lack of food in the family, meaning children have to work, scavenge or beg on the streets or they are hungry at school. The second is the unaffordability of sanitary protection for girls, forcing them to miss a week of school each month.

Once these causes were identified, the solutions were not difficult to establish - providing school meals through our Porridge Clubs and sanitary towels through our Education All Month, Every Month programme have proved highly effective in ensuring all children have the chance of a full-time education and the skills to build a better life for themselves.

Other initiatives we support include a nursery school and vocational training scheme in Tanzania; legal aid for children and families in Kenya and Tanzania; the provision of educational resources and counselling for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe; and slum dweller education forums in Uganda to promote children’s rights.

Testimonial: 13-year-old Agnes is a pupil at Ng'ate Primary School in Kenya, and receives a daily mug of porridge through a Porridge Club scheme. "On behalf of the pupils of Ng'ate Primary School, I would like to thank you for the porridge feeding programme in our school. Our pupils are healthier than other children in the community. We are learning more quickly because we are not hungry and hardly ever have a day off school anymore. The porridge gives us the energy to run and learn. THANK YOU!"