Being someone who grew up in a community where there was no need for food programs, it was a natural reaction for Abigail to find a solution.
“In my home village near Francistown, Botswana, every house would feed at least an extra two people who had nothing. So, no one ever went hungry.”
It was seeing the hunger in Katutura that motivated Abigail to step into action.So, with the help of Jeniphar Gatsi Mallet, Abigail started small by providing play activities for the children and, of course, a meal. Abigail and Jeniphar also applied for funding from the World Bank to undertake a study to find out the underlying reasons why so many kids weren’t in school. They soon discovered that there were many reasons.
“You need to remember that lots of people here are caregivers to children that have been orphaned or who are vulnerable because their guardians are sick or have died. You end up with poor people, already burdened with huge survival issues, caring for relatives, or younger siblings, or the children of friends,” says Abigail. “There is often no money to feed these children decent meals, let alone send them to school. Sometimes kids even need to work to provide money for the household. It is complex and we knew we had to find a way to change things for these kids,” says Abigail.