World Food Programme

Few cents can make a huge difference

You can support one week of school meals for a child with just €1.

By registering your card on the platform you contribute to the School Meals Programme by The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the biggest UN agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding people caught in conflict and disasters, and reaching more than 18 million children every year. 

School meals often serve as the only reliable source of nutrition for children in impoverished communities. By easing the burden of putting food on the table, WFP removes hunger as a barrier to education and helps students concentrate and succeed in the classroom and in their future. 

The WFP’s School Meals Programme provides a strong incentive for parents to send children to school and keep them there, allowing their children to focus on their studies rather than their stomachs. School feeding supports the achievement of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals on hunger, education and gender parity and offers multiple benefits including education, nutrition, health, social protection and local agricultural production.

 

Increasing the Impact of School Meals in Rwanda with WFP

In the poorest and most food insecure districts of Rwanda school meals are a lifeline for many families.  A daily school meal provides a strong incentive to send children to school and keep them there (especially girls), it helps to increase school enrollment and attendance, decrease drop-out rates, and improve learning.

Sylvania Nyiransabimana, 16, is studying at Sanza primary school in Karongi district. Her mother is a single parent, caring for her and her four siblings.  Sylvania had dropped out of school to help her mother earn money through casual labour work.  Thanks to the home-grown school feeding programme, she was able to re-join the school and is committed to continue school to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher.

Through this programme developed in Rwanda, the WFP supports 31 farmer organizations to increase their supply of food to schools and earn a living. WFP is providing a daily hot lunch composed of maize, beans, vegetable oil and salt to 40,000 children in 49 schools in Nyamagabe and Nyaraguru in Southern Rwanda, while hot porridge made of highly nutritious fortified food is provided to 43,000 children in 55 schools in Rutsiro and Karongi in the West of the country.

The targeted districts of Nyamagabe, Nyaruguru, Rutsiro and Karongi were selected based on their high levels of food insecurity at the household level above 30 percent compared to 18 percent at the National level. School feeding is an important element of national social protection systems, and – along with other safety nets – an integral part of care for the most vulnerable.

Teachers are already crediting the home-grown school feeding programme for increased concentration in class and improved attendance rates. Global studies have shown that children who receive extra years of schooling in addition to accessing proper nutrients will greatly increase their chances of employment and of earning more over their lifetime.

 

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