With your help WFP can score the Goal of eradicating hunger worldwide within our lifetimes.
One of the tools that WFP uses are the school meals projects.
Find out more on our web site: http://www.wfp.org/school-meals?icn=homepage-school-meals&ici=ourwork-link
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Democratic Republic of the Congo 12 June 2014
One school meal is served each day, at 10:30am. The meal is served relatively early because most students come from home without having had breakfast or anything to eat in the morning.
The school meal consists of maize flour, salt and fortified flour. Sometimes rice, peas, and beans are also included. Students from the nearby community will often bring a little of the produce that their families are able to grow to help supplement the meals and make them more tasty. In general, the students really LIKE the food – and you can see this as they eat at lunch time!
Before WFP started providing nutritious school meals at Mwamba, enrolment was not particularly high. Since 2010, the school enrolment has more than DOUBLED. Every year, they actually need to build another classroom to house more students!
You can see the difference in students’ energy levels before and after they eat lunch. Kids are more likely to raise their hands and participate in class, so teachers often work their schedules around the lunch hour ensuring their students have tests, etc. only after they’ve had their meal.
The energy that the school meal provides allows the children to have the energy necessary to learn successfully and to undertake sports such as football.
Photos: WFP/Rein Skullerud
Jordan, Mafraq, Zaatari Camp, November 2012
WFP is providing food assistance to Syrian refugees in camps, transit centres and for families staying with host communities throughout Jordan. During the month of October, WFP transitioned from the provision of hot meals in Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq Governorate and King Abdullah Park transit centre in Ramtha Governorate to the distribution of dry rations that the refugees can cook themselves. The monthly food basket includes rice, bulgur wheat, pulses (yellow split peas), sugar and salt in addition to a daily bread distribution to the refugees. The camp currently houses some 20,000 Syrian refugees (though this figure changes daily given the arrivals and departures) of which 75 percent are women and children. UNHCR and WFP have set up over 100 communal kitchens around the camp to allow the refugees to prepare their own meals from WFP food basket as per their local taste. This will also diversify the food consumption. 100 more kitchens are still under preparation. WFP continues to provide welcome food packets to new arrivals in Zaatari refugee camp, many of whom have made a long and risky journey to the Jordanian border. Elsewhere in the country, WFP is assisting Syrians living in host communities and plans to reach 250,000 by the end of the year through food vouchers or distributions of food baskets. The conflict in Syria has hit food prices in Jordan. Food exports from Syria have been disrupted and this, together with poor harvests this year in Jordan due to an especially dry and hot summer, have led to a steep increase in vegetable prices. The Jordanian Department of Statistics have recently cited a 32 percent increase in vegetable prices this July as compared to 2011.
Eslam, 9, is Zaatari camp’s Messi. Wearing Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s no. 10 shirt, Eslam plays football every day in the camp with his friends and neighbours from Daraa from where they fled. Eslam goes to the camp’s school in the mornings and by noon he begins his daily football match. His team includes both girls and boys.
Photo: WFP/Reem Nada
Cameroon, Lolo, 29 May 2014
Almost 90,000 people have fled across the border between C.A.R. and Cameroon since December 2013.
Up to 2,000 people a week, mostly women and children, reach Cameroon through more than 30 entry points along a 700-kilometre stretch of border. Acute malnutrition rates among refugees are between 20 and 30 percent according to WFP and UNHCR screening, well above the emergency threshold of 15 percent.
“Women and children are arriving in Cameroon in a shocking state, after weeks, sometimes months, on the road, foraging for food. This is the most recent tragedy resulting from the escalating bloodshed that has torn C.A.R. apart. We must all act now or more children will needlessly suffer. We must intervene to save lives and prevent a worsening situation, ” said Cousin. “After they finally escape the danger they faced in C.A.R., children and women who flee must not die from malnutrition” she added.
WFP has provided 30-day general food rations to 44,700 refugees and stateless people since 22 May. In response to the grim condition of many new arrivals from C.A.R., WFP began in early May distributing specialized nutritious food at some entry points and refugee sites. Distribution of highly nutritious food to all children under five is underway at Borgop Lolo, Mbile, Gado Ghiti and Kenzu in Cameroon. All pregnant women and new mothers are receiving fortified porridge.
The second of two WFP-chartered aircraft – with a total of 127 metric tons of WFP high energy biscuits and ready-to-eat especially nutritious foods – has arrived in Cameroon today from the UN’s humanitarian hub in Dubai. The first plane arrived in Cameroon on Sunday.
The 90,000 people who have fled into Cameroon are spread over more than 300 sites across 50,000 square kilometres in the East and Adamawa regions. The logistical challenge of reaching them is compounded by rains and poor roads, which mean that conditions in camps and host settlements are bound to deteriorate.
More than 226,000 refugees and third country nationals have fled violence in C.A.R. since September. Of the refugees 86,068 are in Cameroon, 14,000 in Chad, 14,141 in Democratic Republic of the Congo, and 8,891 in Republic of Congo. All of them are in need humanitarian assistance.
WFP’s operations to help feed the hundreds of thousands or people who have fled C.A.R. to four surrounding countries have an average shortfall of 70 percent or more.
In the Photo: Lolo refugees’ site. Children start playing again after weeks or months of a terrible journey in the bush to escape violence in CAR.
Photo: WFP/Sylvain Cherkaoui