Hunger in the news

26 April 2010

The sight of dark clouds gathering over the distant hills makes 10-year old Sangay Lhamo frown. For this class two student of Pangna community primary school in the central district of Dagana, the rainy season is not at all a welcome change. Having to walk at least four hours to and from school five days a week, Sangay told Kuensel that the tiring journey gets worse with the rains.(..)Five schools have resorted to informal boarding facilities, where the world food program (WFP) provides breakfast and lunch, and the students, who stay in makeshift huts near the school, prepare their own dinner.

1 July 2009

The world food program (WFP), in collaboration with Bhutan post, launched yesterday a series of postal stamps, which reflect their support to various sectors in Bhutan. The stamps were launched in Thimphu as WFP celebrated its 35th anniversary. (..) School feeding has been a major activity since the start of WFP assistance in 1974, with increased enrollment and attendance as their main goals. In 2008, WFP utilised around USD 4m – donations received – in purchasing food commodities and for other assistance, such as construction of hostel and purchasing fuel-efficient stoves for schools.