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School children who live on the periphery of one of East Africa’s most famous national parks could soon be tucking into a daily hot lunch. Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) is expanding its school partnership to deliver a main meal to 4,000 pupils in 11 primary schools that border the misted mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
While this may seem an ambitious goal, AKP has never been shy of addressing the big issues. Since it was set up in 1982, it has gone on to develop 46 projects on all seven continents. Thanks to continued support from AKP, Bwindi now has a new school (built during the pandemic), a successful bike shop run by six enterprising women and a community hospital which was recently given the royal seal of approval.
“AKP projects have touched every life in the Bwindi neighbourhood,” said Keith Sproule, Executive Director AKP, who pointed out serving lunch is not just about ensuring children have a hot meal. “Lunch is a magnet for getting the students into school,” he said.