Welcome to Karamoja. Cattle are king in this pastoralist region of northern Uganda. As communities here struggle with high rates of malnutrition and hunger, families prize their cattle. Young boys often skip school to keep a close eye on them.
We’ve found that a warm meal gets kids to school and keeps them there. In Karamoja, every school child gets at least one WFP meal a day. By going to school, kids can be at the forefront of new solutions to hunger for their communities. And well-fed children learn better.
Our work in Karamoja highlights how unlocking childhood hunger has the potential to transform communities. From health to hunger to sanitation, Karamoja faces its fair share of challenges. We think, however, that filling a red cup and making sure kids have the nourishment to learn is an excellent place to start.
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