More nutritious snacks arrived from an indefatigable supporter in England, who, apart from donating generously herself, also collects goodies from friends, parcels them up and despatches them by surface mail. This time she sent Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts, as well as dried fruit (including apricots), and delicious French butter biscuits (Palets Bretons and Galettes Bretonnes) made by Biscuiterie Joubard
in a useful and attractive tin. What a treat for the schoolchildren!
They enjoyed their special snack in the middle of January, eating the nuts, fruit and biscuits while watching the first Shrek
film, which they enjoy almost as much as Harry Potter.
Brazil nuts are an important source of selenium, a trace element that is absent from the mountains of Ethiopia. Lack of selenium is linked with mental illness. So supporters who send Brazil nuts are protecting the schoolchildren’s mental health. (Locally, it is not possible to buy any sort of nut except peanuts.)
“Not having a nut-cracker, I used pliers to crack the Brazil nuts’ hard shell, which proved tricky and time-consuming to do,” says Kate. “So it’s better to send nuts that have already had their shells removed.”
With the cost of living rising, poor families in Dib Bahir are struggling to survive. These days children often arrive at the school without having had any breakfast, and so they have come to rely on the free morning snack given daily.
a selection of nutritious and tasty nuts
French butter biscuits made by Biscuiterie Joubard
all ready to be served to the children
Grade 1s munching snacks while watching Shrek