Biting Hunger Drives Rural women Away from Adult education Class
Kenya is facing the a devastating famine following lack of rains and the last post elections violence that kept many families from last years planting season.
In country where most farm work is done by women and children the effects can clearly be seen from the high food prices that many households can hardly afford especially the low income household living in the rural areas.
Women in rural Kenya are the bread winners in thir families. they are endowed with responsibility of amongst other chores to look for and prepare food for their families. Lately, mamy women have kept off from adult education classes and other development projects run by self help groups to attend to family needs of sourcing at least a meal a day.
Lungalunga in Kwale district is one of those areas that hunger has bitten deep with a family of at least 8 people surviving on a kilo of maize and beans a day. In the past women have been eating the last and the least but now many hardly taste the meal they prepare for their families because the portion is not enought for all.
In this situation it is difficult for women to attend the adult education lessons no matter how interested they may be. and if by an chance they find time to attend a lesson, at time they are too hungry to concentrate. Project Africa; a non profit organization promoting adult education for women in Lungalunga recorded a turn out of 5 women in the last lesson in a class that enrols at least 25 women in one session.
From this case it is obvious that in the event of famine women suffer the most, such vulnerability hinders empowerment of women and should be addressed at all levels.
Is there anything that we can do to help? may be provide a packet of maize meal to tose women who attend adult education so that they dont have to be away from class? i wil be glad to hear your views, Let's support and make a difference.