Portsmouth lemonade stand sales help feed students in Rwanda

Schaub family involved in Africa New Life's efforts

By Jim McGaw
Posted 9/4/19

PORTSMOUTH — The lemonade stand on the corner of Linda Avenue and Windward Drive on Sunday wasn’t like most others.

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Portsmouth lemonade stand sales help feed students in Rwanda

Schaub family involved in Africa New Life's efforts

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PORTSMOUTH — The lemonade stand on the corner of Linda Avenue and Windward Drive on Sunday wasn’t like most others. 

Instead of collecting change so they could buy candy or toys, Sam and Gwen Schaub were sending all the donations they received to a school in Rwanda, to help pay for students lunches.

The idea for the program started with their mom, Hollie Schaub, the CEO and “head baker” of a South Texas-based mail-order bakery called Fed by Bread, that nourishes African youth. 

“My wife has had a bakery that’s supported this organization, Africa New Life, for the last eight years,” said Aaron Schaub, Hollie’s husband, who was helping out at the stand on Sunday. “Africa New Life is a small child welfare organization in Rwanda that generally operates through a child sponsorship model. They also help run schools, administer a lunch program and they have some job training, orphan care — different programs.”

When Sam and Gwen heard about Africa New Life’s Lemon for Meals promotion, they wanted to participate, he said.

“We wanted to help our parents,” said Gwen, who manned the stand Sunday along with her friend, Lexi Hahn, while Sam took to the streets on his skateboard to drum up business.

The children sold two kids of lemonade: traditional, which was homemade, and a pink lemonade from powder. They also sold Ms. Schaub’s homemade chocolate-chip cookies, which drew rave reviews.

Lemons for Meals started with just five lemonade stands last summer, raising nearly $7,000 for Africa New Life’s food program, which provides school lunches to Rwandan children who otherwise would get little or no food to eat. An average meal in Rwanda costs 83 cents, which means $25 provides a month’s worth of lunches for a child.

The Navy family has been in Portsmouth for just two months, having previously lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, where Fed By Bread is located. 

“We’ve got friends of ours who are baking out of the kitchen down there, ”said Mr. Schaub. “Since we moved here, it’s significantly scaled down. Right now, the only thing we offer is granola subscriptions, so you can have a pound of granola shipped to you.”

The family is enjoying its stay in Portsmouth so far — especially the weather. 

“It’s magical,” Mr. Schaub said. “So those ‘terrible’ days in July of 90 degrees? That’s every day (in Texas). This is February in Corpus.” 

But what about February in New England?

“I’m going to shrivel up and die,” he joked.

For more information about Africa New Life, visit africanewlife.org. To learn more about Fed by Bread, visit fedbybread.org.

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