Ruff’s Kitchens is a charitable foundation set up to feed vulnerable children at school in Zimbabwe. We currently feed over 5,000 children every school day. Zimbabwe used to be the “breadbasket of Africa” however it now suffers from 90% unemployment, poor governance and severe poverty.
Children can walk up to 12 miles to school on empty stomachs. There is no food provided at school and no guarantee of a meal when they get home. These children are the future of Zimbabwe and the only hope of changing the country for the better.
The charity was launched in April 2012 and is run by its founder Jonathan Ruff and Sharon Thompson from Zimbabwe’s children. We currently work in 8 primary schools and 6 ECD centres, with each child receiving a nutritious, porridge-based meal packed with vitamins, minerals and energy – which the children love!
As a result, the schools in Ruff’s Kitchens feeding programme have seen an average 50% rise in attendance. Children are happier, looking healthier and have higher energy levels which in turn enhances concentration and improved learning. This is all down to one simple meal each day.
Ruff’s Kitchens manages every aspect of the program to ensure every penny is spent on feeding the children. We have personally sourced the food from a local supplier who then deliver it directly to the rural school’s kitchen. Hygiene is a priority, so training and a manual is provided on storage, preparation and exact portion quantity.
All equipment is supplied by Ruff’s Kitchen – mixing pots, weighing scales, bowls, spoons, disinfectant and washing utensils. Our hard-working field officer, Peter, does weekly checks to ensure its smooth running.
Ruff’s Kitchens invaluable contribution to the health and well-being of Zimbabwe’s children has lifelong benefits to many lives, schools and communities. Due to the positive impact already made by the charity, there are plans to open more kitchens with a goal to feeding over 10,000 children each day across 30 schools by 2021
Your donations will enable us to reach this goal.