Thanks to an English supporter who sent a selection of nutritious snacks, Kate was able to give the schoolchildren at Empress Mentewab School a surprise.
Along with Bourbon biscuits purchased locally, the children enjoyed a selection of dried fruit (including apple, sultanas, apricots, dates), chewy fruit gums, and yoghurt-coated raisins.
Each child also had a spoonful of multi-vitamin plus calcium syrup (Kate purchased supplies of the syrup from a pharmacy in Gondar in February).
"Selenium is a trace element that is completely absent from Ethiopia," explains Kate. "Lack of selenium has been linked with mental illness. To protect the children, I want to feed them Brazil nuts, which are a source of selenium. Unfortunately, Brazil nuts are not available locally. If you are willing to send Brazil nuts for the schoolchildren, I'd be most grateful."
Information about sending gifts to the school can be found in GIVE
schoolgirls about to enjoy their snack