Except for all the love and joy in the kitchen, food preparation and storage at the New Hope Center is a whole other ball game. Out here in the U.S., when you go to the grocery store, you’re typically able to return home within a short time-frame to properly refrigerate food for cooking days, weeks and even months later. Unfortunately, at our center in Lodwar, even with the influx of vitamin rich fruits and vegetables, there is no refrigeration available. Everything purchased must be consumed the very same day.
Our cook, Anna, and house mom, Marianne, have a lot of work on their hands to properly cater to the little ones’ diets. Each meal takes several hours of prep work and cooking—there are no 15-minute dinners. Dried beans, rice and maize must be cleaned of pebbles, twigs and rotten pieces. This kind of work is comparable to the job of our food factory workers (and forget the machinery). And then after preparing the food, there’s the standing over a pot resting on firewood for hours and hours and hours.
The vision we have for the New Hope Center keeps the family warmth of the kitchen. For example, it keeps Anna teaching eager young ones how to make chapati, a flat bread made from fresh dough. It also sees a sustainable kitchen with a refrigerator to store the most nutritious foods, and a solar oven to ease the labor-intensive task of meal preparation.
With these changes, New Hope Children would also be able to eliminate one of its highest costs in running the Center: firewood. Firewood is scarce in the desert and needs to be collected by hand which makes it a very expensive commodity.
With your help, our vision for a sustainable kitchen will become a reality and a tremendous blessing to Anna, Marianne and all our children!
NHC Team Members