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Western Union Foundation Contributes To WFP’s School Meals Programme In Upper Egypt | WFP

Western Union Foundation Contributes To WFP’s School Meals Programme In Upper Egypt | WFP | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) received US$100,000 (670,000 Egyptian pounds) from the Western Union Foundation to support thousands of children and their families through WFP’s school meals programme in Upper Egypt.

The Western Union Foundation donation will benefit more than 22,000 children attending Early Education classes (nursery) in Assiut, one of the poorest Egyptian governorates.

WFP school meals encourage enrolment of children in nursery schools by providing children with a daily nutritious snack enriched with iron and vitamin A. The in-school date bar helps fight short-term hunger that could negatively affect children’s school performance.
 
“Feeding the minds of our youth starts with feeding their bodies with decent nutrition,” said Western Union Foundation President Patrick Gaston. “We’ve seen that school meals can boost attendance and learning outcomes. The Western Union Foundation is proud to support the efforts of the World Food Programme to equip students with the resources they need to learn and grow.”

The funds were raised during a global campaign that Western Union, a US-based financial services company, launched in 2012 during the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan. The funds raised were then donated to WFP through their Foundation.

“Improving the nutritional status of school-aged children is key to helping them realise their full future potential,” said WFP Egypt Representative and Country Director GianPietro Bordignon. “WFP’s school meals programme also gives many children the chance to get an education by offering their parents a monthly food ration as an incentive to send them regularly to school.”

 

More on: http://www.wfp.org/news/news-release/western-union-foundation-contributes-wfp%E2%80%99s-school-meals-programme-upper-egypt

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Egypt: WFP Provides Food Assistance to Poorest Syrian Refugees in Egypt

Egypt: WFP Provides Food Assistance to Poorest Syrian Refugees in Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun providing assistance through food vouchers to more than 7,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Egypt. 

(...) Refugees live in the Cairo satellite cities of Al-Obour and 6th of October City as well as in Damietta in the Delta. WFP is planning to reach an additional 4,000 Syrians in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria by the end of this month.

 

"WFP plans to provide assistance to as many as 30,000 Syrians in Egypt by June 2013," said WFP's Country Director and Representative in Egypt GianPietro Bordignon. "We work closely with the beneficiaries to implement the programme; they have been helping us by organizing themselves and they have even offered their homes and facilities to be used for voucher distributions. We were very impressed by the level of their voluntary contribution to the programme," he added. (...)

 

Since the start of the conflict, more than 90,000 Syrians are reported to have fled to Egypt. Only 15,000 of them are currently registered with UNHCR but the numbers are increasing rapidly. WFP launched its assistance to Syrians in Egypt at the request of the government and is targeting the poorest among them who have exhausted all their savings

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WFP has been operating in Egypt since 1963 and has provided over US$681 million worth of assistance to the most vulnerable groups in the population. In 2013, more than 650,000 Egyptians will benefit from WFP projects across the country.

 

More on: http://allafrica.com/stories/201302120943.html?aa_source=acrdn-f0

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