Education is the key to helping Kenyans escape from poverty’s crippling grip, insists the P.E.I founder of Mikinduri Children of Hope Foundation.
Ted Grant, the foundation’s president and manager of Fundraising and Projects, says feeding the children is the means to helping them attain the key.
“When you put in feeding programs,” Grant explains, “what it does is it gets kids going back to school because they want to get fed. And it also gives them the energy to play and socialize and concentrate on their school work.”
Without a feeding program, children would end up not returning to school in the afternoons and, by Grade 4 to 6, they’d drop out altogether, he said. “If you can provide food, they will stay in school and have a chance to finish their high school,” he reasons. Otherwise they are likely to face a lifetime of misery.
Grant said fundraising, largely done on Prince Edward Island, is now providing 2,000 children with a nutritious meal every school day.
He wants to see that number continue to grow, by providing support for the residents of Mageta, a small Island off the coast of Kenya. Between 10,000 and 11,000 people live on the island where there is a 25 per cent HIV rate and many orphans.
Renowned P.E.I. musician and story-teller is volunteering his time for a special fundraising event this Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Boatshop Restaurant on the Northport Pier. “This all came about because one man decided he wanted to make a difference in the world,” Gallant said in describing how impressed he is with the work Grant has started in Kenya.
“They’re really trying to get some food programs established and trying to teach them agriculture, to learn how to feed themselves in the future,” Gallant summarized Mikinduri’s objectives for Mageta Island.
The evening of music and food is called, “It’s About Time…Time to Feed the Children.
Gallant and Searching for Abegweit bandmates, Patricia Richard, Sean Kemp and Jeremy Gallant, as well as soundman Chris Knox, are all volunteering their time in support of the cause.
Gallant said he and his band will be playing many of the better-known songs from his first 11 albums and several from his recently released studio album, Time Travel. He said he is really pleased with the response the album is generating.
The restaurant owners are providing the space free of charge and most of the items for the meal are also donated, meaning a large portion of the $100 a ticket admission will be going to support the work of Mikinduri Children of Hope. There’s seating for 110, and only a few tickets remain.
Tickets to the Fundraising event are available at Royal Star Fisheries Co-op, Northport Pier Inn and by email at email@example.com. A tax-deductible receipt is available for a portion of the ticket price.