Spurgeons update – kitchen for the porridge

A few weeks ago we posted an item about the bulldozing of all the outbuildings at Spurgeons Academy in Kibera district of Nairobi, Kenya. The clearing of all the outbuildings was part of the development of the expanded and upgraded train line that runs from Mombasa through to Uganda and goes immediately past the bottom of the school grounds.

One of the buildings that was decimated was the school kitchen – it was only a simple structure but had two big cookers to allow provision of porridge for the pupils at morning break, and then a plate of githeri (a local Kenyan dish of maize and beans) at lunchtime. For many of the children, these were the only meals they got, and so the destruction of the kitchen was a massive blow.

Well, thanks to resilience, and determination not to give in, the cooks have set up a new ‘kitchen’ – aka a 3-stone fireplace hidden in a small space behind a shipping container – and provision of porridge has resumed. The money required to buy the maize and beans for githeri is beyond the capability of the school at present, due to soaring prices following a period of drought, but at least the children are able to receive porridge again.

Certainly not ideal, and it would be great if funds can be raised to buy the school some new cooking stoves so that the cooks aren’t having to breathe in smoke from the wood-fire all day. If you would like to help make this happen, then go to www.cred.org.uk/donate

In the meantime, here are some photos of the new kitchen and porridge-time.

The 3-stone fireplace that comprises the Spurgeon’s kitchen

The much-longed for cup of porridge

Enjoying porridge at morning break

Every possible bit of ‘seating’ is taken for enjoying the porridge

And if there are no seats left – just grab some space anyway!


  1. What are the costs for new stoves and the monthly costs for providing the maize and beans? The resilience of these people is incredible. Praying and wanting t do more .

    • Hi Tiffany
      Not got exact costs on me but a stove is about £500. The food prices have rocketed recently due to drought so hesitant to say how much it costs to feed them. Will find out
      Maybe your community could do a fundraiser or even just a collection at church ? Every little bit helps.
      Regular giving if even small amounts is also always useful.
      Thanks for your concern

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