What is it?
In Kenya, Child.org train women to grow a kind of kale to support their families. The kale is known as sukuma wiki or “stretch the week” because it’s a nutritious and cheap way to bulk out your meals to last all week.
In the UK, so many of us are able to feast on an enormous variety of food on a weekly basis. Could you deal with a week of kale?
Take the Child.org Sukuma Wiki challenge!
Step one: We give you a list of just five ingredients for your week.
Step two: Use your creativity and cooking skills to eat like you're stretching your week with kale.
Step three: Share your journey with your friends and family and encourage them to donate. The money you raise will support families for whom a tough and limited diet is a weekly reality.
The Big Five
For one week, you can only eat...
You can use as much or as little of each ingredient as you like... But you're not allowed to eat anything else. Yes, after your third day of kale breakfast you'll be crying out for granola. That's what challenges are all about.
This is not a weight loss or hunger challenge. It's a challenge that's designed to give you a limited insight into the monotony of poverty, and a fresh appreciation of the luxury of a varied diet. Child.org care about you - we ask that you make sure you're eating plenty of food, stop if you feel ill, and do not continue the challenge beyond one week.
Every donation made to your challenge will be used by Child.org to support families living in poverty.
One of the ways we've been helping communities in Kenya is by providing mums with agricultural training. Women like Agnes, who can now grow enough food to feed her family.
Agnes' community also now have a water tank, so she can fetch water from nearby to water her garden. Selling the vegetables Agnes grows pays for her children to attend school.
The impact of a little knowledge goes a long way. If you believe in arming people with the knowledge they need to lift their family out of poverty, then please support Child.org by doing a week on the kale.
Team Kale Facebook group
You are not alone. Join our Team Kale support group on Facebook to share recipe ideas, rant about chapatis, brag about your fundraising total and explain why you're choosing #teamonion or #teamgarlic.
Download shareable images for your social media from our Flickr gallery.
Paper sponsorship form
If you wanna go old school and collect offline donations, then please use this paper form! Send it to the Child.org office (Child.org, studio 54, Hackney Downs Studios Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT) with a note of explanation and a cheque and we'll process it so that we can reclaim GiftAid on donations.
(Full disclosure: processing offline donations takes up more of our small team's time - so it's cheaper for us if you use an online fundraising page. But we understand that some people still like paper, so you're very welcome to use this method if it works for you!)
Get your hands on our high quality and beautiful Child.org merch by hitting your fundraising target! When you've raised over £100 on your page, ask your contact at Child.org to send you a lovely tote bag. Hit £200 and we'll send you one of our designer Child.org t-shirts in black or white.
What does Sukuma Wiki mean?
It's what Kenyans call a popular kind of kale. It means "stretch the week" - because kale is a good way to bulk out your diet if you're short of food.
Why must I eat kale?
Because kale is awesome, delicious, trendy, and a well-loved staple amoung the communities we support in Kenya.
What am I supposed to do with just flour?
Can I use other storecupboard ingredients?
It's up to you. We reckon that salt, pepper and cooking oil are fair game. Making your kale meals super interesting with a load of spices and extras from your fridge is not really in the spirit of the challenge.
What will my donations be spent on?
Helping children living in poverty to stay safe, healthy and able to access an education. To read more about the ways we do that, read more about our work here.
Can I use a JustGiving page / Facebook fundraiser / other fundraising platform instead of a Child.org fundraising page?
If you desperately want to. If you use our own donation pages you ensure that 100% of donations come directly to Child.org, and you help more people to learn about the charity. So we'd prefer it. But whatever floats your boat.
What if I want to take part but I'm allegic to one of The Big Five ingredients?
Swap it for something else. No one will mind. Something similar though, don't be swapping out tomato for Mars bars.
What are fundraising awards?
Small gifts that you can offer people in return for donating to support you. You can use them to encourage slightly larger donations and make your donors feel appreciated. We recommend something like:
Donate £10 and I'll record an effusive Thank You video.
Donate £20 and I'll bake you a Kale Kupcake
Donate £40 and I'll invite you over for a slap-up celebration dinner (once I'm back on normal food)
I have more questions
If you're in contact with a Child.org Charity Apprentice who has recruited you to their team, ask them! If not, ask Christie (below).
Our Sukuma wiki heroes
Child.org are working to improve the health of all pupils at Zulea's school. Many of the kids here walk a long way to school, but Zulea lives nearby. Recently, teachers have noticed that Zuela has taken it upon herself to help out other girls in her school who start their period unexpectedly. She helps them to tie a jumper round their waist, brings them to her health teacher to ask for sanitary towels, and takes them to her home to wash out their clothes before returning to school.
We asked Zuela what motivates her to help the girls. She said “They just... feel shy. So I find it in my heart to help them.”
Child.org’s HealthStart programme is teaching Zulea and her fellow pupils vital health information, from how to protect themselves from cholera to why it’s OK to go to school during your period.
The trip was organised by Amanjit and the group were accompanied by Cherio, Faith and Tyson, from our Nairobi office. Tyson is a new recruit to our Nairobi office, where he has been supporting on event logistics for Ride Africa.
From the study tour, Tyson was tweeting some really lovely updates from the trip about what all the ladies (and some husbands, or "Soroptomisters"!) were up to. We decided to ask him to take over the main Child.org Twitter account for the week, so he could tell the story of the trip through live updates, direct from Kenya. In case you missed it, here are his tweets.
She is spearheading Child.org’s move to project-manage our programmes more directly.
Cherio works in collaboration with our long-standing partners to manage our HealthStart programme, to ensure it is delivered in full and we are able to report our success comprehensively to our partners at Comic Relief.
Cherio is passionate about the health education of pupils. She recently saw an opportunity to improve pupils’ health education by creating a School Health Training Guide. The new guide is based on Government School Health Policy, but designed to be used by teachers and Student Health Clubs to foster a culture of student advocacy and peer-to-peer learning. It covers everything from clean water and nutrition to sexual health and healthy relationships, and was distributed to all HealthStart schools. Read more about the guide here!