Posho and Beans Campaign

Food and nutrition is a huge priority for children in Uganda and the Butterfly Project has been instrumental in developing a new vision in our members, where children are provided for nutritionally and not simply given food, as and when it is available, as can be the case in areas of extreme poverty. Children live within a culture of posho and beans for every meal every day, with perhaps a chapati or roll and tea for breakfast. However, many children seriously dislike posho (especially) and the quality of beans offered in schools is often questionable, as it is full of weevils. Posho if not kept properly can attract flies and thence maggots, which are poisonous to human, causing severe stomach upset. Samuel Lubangakene decided that he wanted to campaign about this issue, as he believed that children deserved better than this food, especially when their parents were eating much healthier food. Samuel is a very bright pupil and can turn his hand to most things, but he discovered in 2010, that he could learn how to paint very well. So, he developed a project to draw and paint some pictures, which would raise the issue of poor food for children in Uganda. We put the exhibition into the Bayimba Arts Festival and it caused a lot of controversy, as NGOs were against Samuel highlighting this issue, when they were trying to raise money for posho and beans in their programmes. However, every member of the Butterfly Project believes strongly that children need care and support and food is a core part of this. We will feature some of Samuel's paintings in a gallery.

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